Celebrating Black History

Hidden History: One man’s bones tell a story of slavery

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – An enslaved man who passed in 1798, was used not only in life but in death by the surgeon who owned him. 

Mr. Fortune was enslaved, with his family, by Preserved Porter, a surgeon in Waterbury, Connecticut. 

After his death, Dr. Porter skeletonized Fortune, using his bones for Porter’s family to study Osteology. 

The bones were passed down from generation to generation, possibly the only reason they still exist. 

The moist New England ground would likely have deteriorated the bones if they had remained buried. 

In fact, Fortune’s bones provide rare insight to slavery in the northeast during the 1700’s. 

Jaime Ullinger, Ph.D Associate Professor at Anthropology at Quinnipiac University said, “It is a strange juxtaposition to know the very reason he was used by the surgeon is also what ended up giving us evidence of what his life was like.” 

Fortune’s bones provide information into lifestyle, diet and even the man’s stature. 

A ceremony was held at the State Capital, placing Fortune’s bones in a coffin for a proper grave after 200 years. 


4 children taken to hospital after car crashes into Pennsylvania day care center

 (CNN) — Four children were injured after a woman crashed her car through the window of a day care center classroom, according to Pennsylvania authorities.

The black BMW traveled all the way through one classroom of the Children of America Educational Childcare center before stopping at a back wall, the Bucks County Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Four children were taken to the hospital, one of whom suffered serious injuries, the statement said.

“The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries, was treated and remains hospitalized,” it said.

The crash is under investigation, according to James O’Malley, the spokesperson for the district attorney’s office. He told CNN the woman was working as a delivery driver.

At the time of the crash — about 1:30 p.m. — there were about 17 children inside that room and about 79 total in the building .

All of the children have been accounted for and reunited with their families, the statement said.