CCSU to name new building in honor of first African-American graduate

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Central Connecticut State University is paying tribute to its first African-American graduate!

Ebenezer Bassett graduated from the then-Connecticut Normal School in 1853. After graduation, he became the United States’ first-ever black diplomat.

On Wednesday, he’ll be celebrated with the naming of an academic building, the unveiling of a history wall in his honor and the formal designation as a new site on the state’s freedom trail!

The 200 community members and CCSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, CCSU President Zulma R. Toro will be joined by New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and CSCU President Mark Ojakian for the festivities that kick off at 5:40 p.m. 

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