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Cathy Osten

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Representing Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich & Sprague

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January 8, 2016

Osten Designates Lisbon’s Route 138 as “Aaron Dwight Stevens Memorial Highway”

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Co-author Victor Butsch, First Selectman Thomas Sparkman, State Senator Cathy Osten, and co-author Thomas Coletti display the commemorative “Aaron Dwight Stevens Memorial Highway” signs that were given to the co-authors for their work on the Lisbon abolitionist.

LISBON, CT—Today, Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) designated Lisbon’s Route 138 as “Aaron Dwight Stevens Memorial Highway” to honor local abolitionist Aaron Dwight Stevens.

A new book on Stevens, “A Journey to the Gallows,” written by co-authors Victor Butsch and Thomas Coletti sheds light on the amazing life of the Lisbon native. Stevens was born in Lisbon in 1831 and accompanied the famous abolitionist John Brown on the raid at the Harper’s Ferry armory and arsenal in West Virginia in 1859. Stevens was wounded in the raid and later executed.

Sen. Osten presented co-authors Butsch and Coletti with commemorative signs celebrating their work on Stevens.

“Stevens is such an important part of our local history, especially here in Lisbon,” said Sen. Osten. “I want to thank Tom and Vic for their work in bringing Stevens’s role as an abolitionist to light. I hope this sign will spark more interest in both Stevens and the history of the region.”

The sign is located on Route 138 by the intersection with Paper Mill Road just prior to the Sprague town line.



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