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Trailhead at the Constance Baker Motley Preserve

On February 17th, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro led a group of lawmakers in introducing legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to New Haven native, Judge Constance Baker Motley. Constance Motley was the first black woman to serve on the federal bench in the U.S., represented Martin Luther King Jr., and helped author the argument against “separate but equal” in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. In 2019, the Chester community celebrated Judge Motley’s legacy and the selection of the Chester Land Trust’s Constance Baker Motley Preserve as a historic site for the CT Freedom Trail

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