Well, the good news is that the Forestry folks have been able to remove all of the spray paint from the new sign. I’ve enclosed a photo I just took (Saturday afternoon). Even up close, you can’t see any of the paint. Yay for that. That bad news, and it is as I expected, the paint has not come off of the boulder and 1929 sign. I figured that one would be tougher. Still working on it. Thank you all for your concern for the signage. I’ll be happy when all of the paint has been removed. kfed
Taken by Abby Tabor of the Daily Comet 11/18/11
Was asked by one of the teachers Louise Soudelier to do this for the school~ Was wonderful to finally meet her – been email and phone conversations for a couple of weeks now – wonderful women~ Was a honor for me to do this~ Was a wonderful time – Enjoyed my time with the kids – They have asked me to come back next year – I of course said yes!
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Coni Dubois on the front of Daily Comet July 25th, 2011 with President Obama
I was featured in the Daily Comet Newspaper out of Thibodaux Louisiana on July 25th 2011 and on the front page was an article on President Obama – I was truly honored to see my photo along beside his~
Just recently I was asked to do the unveiling of new trail signs at the Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted Ct. at the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Site On Sept 10, 2011 – I am a descendant and leading genealogist of the people that lived on Ragged Mountain in Barkhamsted – The Hartford Stage coach used my families homestead as a marker and named it the Barkhamsted Lighthouse due to the campfires from the Indian Village and my people that resided there~ They lived on the mountain for around a hundred years – It was one of the last standing Native American Villages – many races at one time or the other was in the village – but the majority was the Chagum family and their descendants – Descendant of the Narragansett and Long Island Indians~
On Nov 15, 2011 the signs were spray painted with graffiti and terrible sayings~
Racial graffiti spray painted on sign at Barkhamsted historic site.
Vandals struck a historic park in Barkhamsted.
A state historic site in Barkhamsted that recently received an face lift fell victim to vandals.
Someone spray painted the n-word as well as a male body part on the entrance sign to the Barkhamsted Lighthouse site. A rock was also defaced with the words expletive Obama. An anarchy symbol was also drawn.
Central Connecticut State University archaeologist Dr. Ken Feder, snapped photos of the vandalism.
“In truth, I was really angry,” Dr. Feder said.
The professor has conducted many digs at the site and has studied extensively about the people who once lived there.
Dr. Feder says the site is one of the first communities where mixed races lived together.
“These are just this interesting mixture of Native Americans, Euro-Americans, African Americans,” he said. “It’s really fascinating.”
It’s still unclear who may have done this and why.
The state owns the land.
A forest ranger started to clean up the paint Tuesday morning, but some of it still remains.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is looking in to the vandalism.
“There are a lot of people who are very upset and angry about this and they’re going to do all they can to find out who did this,” Dr. Feder said.
I’m tired of all this racial and unjust crap – My Native Americans were one of the 1st slaves of this country – they called it “SERVITUDE or INDENTURED” – I am still honored and proud to be on the front page with Obama – he is the 1st man “of color” to be our President and he had done as best as a job with what he has to deal with – To put this kind of crap on a historical area and to deface my families homestead – just breaks my heart – Ken Feder the leading Archeologist called me to let me know this happened – He sent me the photo’s of actual damage – can never be publish – so disgusting~
Peoples State Forest Officials are doing everything they can to try and repair the damage and to find those that did this – I know in my heart this was probably kids~
I have been steadily working on and adding all the info that I collected during this last trip (have tons more to add thou)
I have updated my research books (have a few more to add) I have found the last missing piece of the Chagum lineage – things are truly coming together for me – I recommend that you check out the new books (many many changes have taken place) I suggest you disregard any of my older research books and download these newer ones (moved people around as I found proof of parentage and such)
Please let me know what you think!