12 Wesleyan students have received six-week summer research awards for the Carceral Connecticut project. From May 16 to June 30, 2022, they are conducting research in local archives and historical societies, doing visual and oral history research, and creating public history projects in Middletown and the Connecticut River Valley. The first week included background reading, workshops, walking tours, and a field trip to the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop in New Haven, CT. The second featured a field trip to Coltsville National Historic Site and Springfield Armory and a walking tour of Middletown”s Main Street and river bank, with its UNESCO Site of Memory marking the town’s role in the slave trade and Middle Passage. We are digging into layers and complexities of history and excited to learn and share more as the project unfolds!