Attic of the Webb house, Wethersfield

Slaves commonly belonged to merchants in 18th-century Connecticut. When Wethersfield merchant Joseph Webb died in 1761 at age 35, he held four slaves, believed to have lived in the attic of his house, now part of the Webb Deane Stevens Museum in town. Trade goods were also kept in the attic, which served as quarters for visiting slaves and servants as well.

( STEPHEN DUNN )

Slaves commonly belonged to merchants in 18th-century Connecticut. When Wethersfield merchant Joseph Webb died in 1761 at age 35, he held four slaves, believed to have lived in the attic of his house, now part of the Webb Deane Stevens Museum in town. Trade goods were also kept in the attic, which served as quarters for visiting slaves and servants as well.

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