Carolyn Ivanoff, assistant principal of Shelton High School and local historian, presented the award winning lecture: “The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero - Ebenezer D. Bassett” to members and guests of the Norwalk Historical Society in Norwalk on Wednesday, Feb. 15 as part of the Society's Black History Month events.
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. This lecture received a Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit in June 2010.