David Ruggles

 This event was rescheduled from Tues. Feb. 13.

In the 1830s, there was no fiercer advocate for abolition and freedom than David Ruggles.  He died in 1849 at the very young age of 39.  Perhaps his early death explains why his contributions are often overlooked, depriving him of the credit he richly deserves.  

Intrepid historical researcher Tom Schuch recently embarked on an effort to clarify Ruggles’ family history.  He found more than he bargained for!  He not only determined that David Ruggles was born in Lyme, but he discovered some surprising facts about his family origin that link his family to local enslavement, emancipation, and one of the most famous local stories of the American Revolution:  the 1779 confiscation of the huge Salem ‘plantation’ owned by the Tory Loyalist, Col. William Browne.  Tom Schuch will introduce historical documents, including maps, deeds, probate records and correspondence that support his findings.  This information may potentially ‘change the narrative’ on Ruggles and his family, and it may help to elevate his name into its proper historic place in American history. 

Free and open to all.

Registration is suggested as seating is limited and is available one month prior to the event.

Monday Feb 26, 2024
6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
Cindy Baklik    860-395-3184    cbaklik@actonlibrary.org
Grady Thomas Room
There are 30 spaces available.