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23 Franklin Street

Preserving a civil rights icon's home while creating affordable housing

Who We Are


For over forty years, New London Landmarks has been our city's preeminent historic preservation organization.  Our mission is to preserve and promote New London's historic character through education, advocacy and the rehabilitation of historic structures. 

Sometimes we mount campaigns to protect buildngs from demolitions, as we successfully did in the 2017-2018 battle to save 130 and 116 Bank Street. 


Sometimes we offer tours and lectures, such as our recent programs on the now-demolished Shapley Street neighborhood, the Italian anarchist community that lived on the Fort Trumbull peninsula, and on Ichabod Pease, a man born into slavery who opened a school for New London's Black children when he was eighty-one years old. 

Most recently, we rehabilitated 23 Franklin Street, and in the process created an affordable homeownership opportunity for a low-income homebuyer.  

We also recently collaborated with the City of New London on the Black Heritage Trail and developed a walking tour highlighting HOPE, Inc.'s work on Belden Street.  The Day's Peter Huoppi put together a beautiful video of the Black Heritage Trail's unveiling, which you can watch here. 

Want to learn more?  Our board president Tom Couser gave a talk about our work, which you can watch here.   


Tom also recently gave a webinar about Samson Occum, available here with additional PowerPoint slides here. 

Want to support us with an end-of-year donation?  We'd appreciate that! 

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New London Landmarks, Inc. receives support from the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut.

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