The Connecticut Trust was proud to feature in its last bimonthly newsletter (available to members) the news that the Constance Baker Motley house and preserve have been added to the Connecticut Freedom Trail.
Born and raised in New Haven, Judge Motley (1921-2005) and her family used the property as a seasonal home from 1965 to 2005. She came to prominence as an attorney who litigated more than 200 desegregation cases enforcing the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education decision as well as representing civil rights activists. She also served in the New York State Senate, as president of the Manhattan Borough Council, and as a federal district judge and federal Chief Judge—in each case the first African American woman to do so. Her childhood home in New Haven is already on the Freedom Trail.