In celebration of Black History Month, the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting a lecture by local historian and educator, Carolyn Ivanoff, entitled: “The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero – Ebenezer D. Bassett” on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Bassett grew up in Derby, Connecticut in the 1850’s. As a young man he taught school in New Haven. His early life in Connecticut would prepare him for the adventures of a lifetime as a pioneer black educator and the first black diplomat of the United States after the Civil War. Learn about the life of this extraordinary American. “The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero” received a Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit in June 2010.