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A History Class Brings Dignity To Murdered Hartford Woman Ada Brown

May 25, 2021

Part of an October 21, 1884 Hartford Courant article reporting on Ada Brown's murder.
Credit Hartford Courant / Proquest

In 1884, a young Hartford woman named Ada Brown was murdered in her home.  It made national news, but Ada’s story faded into obscurity. This hour, we learn why a history class at University of Saint Joseph spent the past semester digging into her story, 136 years later.

And we learn what it meant to one of Ada’s descendants.

Photo of tenement buildings alongside the Park River (Hog River) in Hartford, circa 1895. Ada Brown lived in tenement housing near where this photo was taken. Today, this section of the Park River has been buried underground.
Credit Connecticut State Library

Photo of Elena Brown, the daughter of Ada Brown, as a young woman.
Credit Eileen Newman

GUESTS:

  • Jennifer Cote - Associate Professor of History at University of Saint Joseph
  • Lily Stilson - 2021 graduate of University of Saint Joseph, where she majored in history
  • Eileen Newman - descendent of Ada Brown

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.