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~
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L2R: Keith Brown, Coni Dubois & Chief “Sun Rise” Byron Brown
Taken by Abby Tabor of the Daily Comet
5/13/13 @ Barber Homestead Pauline (Polly) Goodwin, Lenny Barber, Coni Dubois & Beulah Barber (just turned 96) – Both Beulah & Lenny still live at Homestead – Photo taken by Jim Goodwin
Coni DuBois of Louisiana, who worked 10 years to coordinate the reunion, was made honorary marshal of the July 4 Lions Club parade and other descendants marched in the traditional event.
Drew Shuptar-Rayvis of Brookfield, a descendant of the Accomac/Pokomoke people of Virginia, dressed in the fashion of an Algonkian man during a reunion of Barkhamsted Lighthouse descendants Friday.
And those I met along the way~
10/19/13 L2R: Dr. Craig Miller (Dept Head of Science, Humanities and Visual Communications at Pennsylvania College of Technology) Dave Naumec (Research Consultant of The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center) in the research lab (off limits to public – was given a special tour arranged by Kevin McBride (Archeologist & head of the Research Center) – photo taken by Veronica Hawkins
8/14/14 2nd appearance on tv show – The Senior Chat Hour L2R: Jo-Ann Schmitt & Lorraine Hart (Hosts) Veronica Hawkins, Greg Fisher & Coni Dubois —ctv13 at Charter Communications in Winsted CT
Author/Researcher Jean Bell – I received a signed copy of her book: Hale & Up the Tracks (bought for me by Ron & Terry Allen) Photo taken by Rona Sullivan
Tantaquidgeon Descendants – Photo taken by Naomi Carolyn — at Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum located @ 1819 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Uncasville, CT 06382 More info: http://connecticuthistory.org/gladys-tantaquidgeon-preserves-the-states-native-past/
10/10/13 St. Matthew’s Episcopal School
5/13/13 Research talk hosted at Hewitt Home in Hale Michigan R2L starting with me, Rona Sullivan, Diane Allen, Ron Allen, Terry Allen, Jerry Hewitt, Polly Goodwin & my Husband Jay Dubois – beside me is Mary Hewitt (Photo taken by Jim Goodwin)
5/13/13 Polly Goodwin & I discussing genealogy (Photo taken by Jim Goodwin)
I appear on Senior Chat Hour on ctv13/Winsted CT show will appear on 10/22/13 at: www.ctv13.net/ L2R Back: JoAnn Schmitt, Lorraine Hart, Allan Lawson (Hosts) (not sure next gentleman will get his name) and on the end is Christopher Valli (Public Access Coordinator & one that put it all together for us) Bottom: Coni Dubois, Keith Brown of the Wiquapaug Eastern Pequot & Veronica Hawkins We had an Awesome TIME with this crew and I can’t thank them enough for inviting me!
Photo taken by Sheryl Robinson – My 1st time at the site and Indian Cemetery
Jason Mancini – Sr. Researcher @ Mashantucket Peqout Museum & Research Center & Coni Dubois
10/19/13 L2R: Chief Hawk Storm, Tall Oak (Everett Weeden) & Keith Brown at The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center for Conference – photo taken by Veronica Hawkins
5/13/13 @ Hewitt Home – Rona Sullivan (Barber Descendant) & Mary Hewitt discussing Chief Sodney (Photo taken by Jim Goodwin)
10/19/13 Author John A Strong signing my book – The Montaukett Indians of Eastern Long Island – He signed: For Coni, Keep up the good work on the Montaukett heritage – John A Strong Oct 19, 2013 and along with that he has granted me permission to use any of his work in my research (has several books out) was a honor to finally meet him (I have most of his books) Photo taken by Veronica Hawkins
4/11/10 Barkhamsted Lighthouse Baskets made around 1817 – Photo taken by Coni Dubois
Drew Shuptar Rayvis & I
I appear on Senior Chat Hour on ctv13/Winsted CT show will appear on 10/22/13 at: www.ctv13.net/ L2R: JoAnn Schmitt & Lorraine Hart (Hosts) Coni Dubois (not sure next gentleman will get his name) and on the end is Christopher Valli (Public Access Coordinator & one that put it all together for us) Keith Brown of the Wiquapaug Eastern Pequot & Veronica Hawkins also appeared on the show with me – We had an Awesome TIME with this crew and I can’t thank them enough for
L2R: Veronica Hawkins, Jessica Vandebogart & her Mother Betty (Ellis) Vandebogart, Donna Ellis (Photo taken by Keith Brown)
5/13/13 Hill Township Cemetery – most of the bodies were removed to Oak Grove Cemetery – L2R – Polly Goodwin, Coni Dubois, Terry & Ron Allen
L2R: Coni Dubois, Ken Feder, Tonia Allen Gould (Coni’s Sister) & Butch Robinson
Coni Dubois & Allan Madhabee
Also on the front with President Obama
Coni Dubois & Timothy Ives
Anthropologist Kenneth Feder, a professor at Central Connecticut State University, discusses archaeological work done at the Lighthouse Village Friday during a tour of Lighthouse descendants.
5/14/13 at my presentation in Hale Michigan for Plainfield Historical Commission (Photo taken by Jim Goodwin) – Polly Goodwin & Sister Sharon & Husband Chuck Fisher
L2R: Coni Dubois, Kevin McBride, Ken Feder & Veronica Hawkins
Coni Dubois stands next to a banner welcoming everyone to the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Reunion.
Manissean Villiage Stone
5/13/13 Me at Chief Sodney’s tombstone at Esmond Evergreen Cemetery (Photo taken by Jim Goodwin)
My cousin’s Melissa Renyolds (left) Veronica Hawkins, Polly Goodwin, Me & Laurie Lamarrie with Jim Goodwin at the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center
Barkhamsted Historical Society vice president Paul Hart, Drew Shuptar-Rayvis of Brookfield, a descendant of the Accomac/Pokomoke people of Virginia, Coni Dubois of Louisiana, who organized a reunion of Barkhamsted Lighthouse descendants, and anthropologist Kenneth Feder pose before a tour of the Lighthouse Village Friday.
I was able to meet with Lucianne Lavin & have my book signed – was a wonderful meeting~ More on Lucianne: http://anthropology.as.nyu.edu/o…/anthroalumni.luciannelavin
Byron Brown, Chief Sun Rise of the Wiquapaug Eastern Pequot tribe and a descendent of Lighthouse founder James Graughham, walks in the Barkhamsted Lions Parade Saturday
Kevin McBride, Ken Feder & Coni Dubois looking at the map of area
5/13/13 Cookout in Hale Michigan – Hosted by Jerry & Mary Hewitt – Prayer given by Jerry Hewitt – L2R Me, My husband Jay Dubois, Terry Allen his wife Diane Allen, Mary & Jerry Hewitt – Rona Sullivan, Polly Goodwin & Ron Allen (Photo taken by Jim Goodwin husband of Polly)