What’s Up on July 5, 2020?

Lighthouse news!

There was a change of command last week as USCG Captain Eva Van Camp, above right, became the new Commander of Sector Long Island Sound. The Sector protects all LIS boaters and its Aid to Navigation team looks after all LIS lighthouses. Welcome Captain Van Camp! We wish departing Captain Kevin Reed all the best in his next phase of life.
On Friday, the U.S. Lighthouse Society awarded 20 grants nationally of up to $1,000 to help ease the financial stress & provide encouragement to lighthouse preservation groups.
NLMS received a $1,000 grant! Thank you, U.S. Lighthouse Society, for this much needed boost at a very tough time.
A small collection of local lighthouse souvenirs is featured in the Lighthouse exhibition at the Custom House, above.
The Custom House Maritime Museum will remain closed for the foreseeable future. At present, visitors may tour by appointment, only, and in groups of four or less. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Custom House Maritime Museum
150 Bank Street, New London, CT, 06320
“Above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wails of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are today, more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them.”
–Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
Although many Americans identify July 4 as their Independence Day, many others look at this date with an entirely different context. In 1852, the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society asked Frederick Douglass to deliver a Fourth of July address. Although he accepted the invitation to speak, he insisted that he deliver his address on July 5: both because this had become regular practice in New York’s Black community, and perhaps in part because slave auctions had often been held on July 4. When making this speech, Douglass even asked his audience, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me by asking me to speak today?” Today one of Douglass’s most famous addresses, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” challenges audiences to think critically about the meaning of freedom and equality. –NPS
NLMS director Susan Tamulevich was proud to take part in aCommunity Reading of this speech with the National Park Service on July 4. The Custom House Maritime Museum is an NPS Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site.
It’s SUMMER & we’ve started up tours to visit inside New London Harbor Lighthouse.
Tours for two people at a time may be arranged by emailing nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com.
The visit takes around 45 minutes. We use hand sanitizer and we all wear masks.
Suggested donations are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to 18 years old. photo: Matt Wunch
We are working with the Henry L. Ferguson Museum this summer.
Explore the 2020 Annual Exhibition:at Fishers Island’s Henry L. Ferguson Museum

The Coastal Forts of Eastern Long Island Sound:

Abandonment, Ruination

and Repurposing



AAQ / Resource: Bruce Nagel + Partners Architects