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Beman Triangle Exhibit at the Middlesex County Historical Society

The exhibit at the Middlesex County Historical Society has been covered in the Hartford Courant, the Middletown Press, on the Middletown Eye blog, and the Wesleyan newsletter. The public may view the exhibit beginning Saturday, April 6, through the end of May. Museum hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the … Read more

Right of Suffrage

Along with the abolitionist movement and fight for immediate emancipation, the Beman family members were also very keen on fighting for the right of suffrage for the African Americans. As a delegate to Colored Conventions, a democratic platform for the disenfranchised African American community to discuss issues related to people’s well-being, livelihood, politics and other … Read more

Week 1

Unit 2/A (21 Vine): We lifted out the top soil, cleared some of the roots, and also got rid of the sand fill that served as a marker from the 2006 excavation of the site. Unit 2/B (21 Vine): This was the first time that this specific unit was excavated. We had a hard clearing … Read more

Spring 2012 Excavation

The excavation took place behind 19 and 21 Vine St. on April 14th, 15th, 28th, 29th.

Contact Us

Beman Triangle Project is a Community and Public Archaeology Project. And we always want you to be part of it! If you have any inquiries about the project or any interesting stories and accounts to tell us about, please contact: To be added on to the listserv, please contact Prof. Sarah Croucher:

Project Timeline

2002  Janice Cunningham and Elizabeth Warner publish their survey on the history of Middletown Experiment on Community: An African American Neighborhood, Middletown, Connecticut, 1847-1930. 2003 Formerly called the Leverett Beman Historic District, this site was placed on the state register of historic places and received a new name: The Beman Triangle. 2005 Sept. 26-29th Jarrod Burks of … Read more


The Beman Triangle and its residents were a vital part of American history. Beman family members were political leaders in the abolitionist, suffrage, and temperance movements. Family members were clergymen and trustees of the A.M.E. Zion Church. The Bemans and other residents of the Triangle were responsible community leaders within the prospering African American community … Read more