Contractors Honored for ‘Amistad’ Work

June 7, 2001
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
NORWICH, CT — Congressman Rob Simmons offered a salute to the contractors and craftsman who helped with renovations and installations on the famous sea-vessel the Amistad.

In 1839, off the coast of Cuba, 53 enslaved Africans rebelled against their captors on the Amistad. When the ship was seized and brought to New London, the Africans were sent to prison and put on trial before the U.S. Supreme Court. In that trial, the Africans won their freedom after John Quincy Adams argued on their behalf.

“The Amistad is a living museum of part of America’s past,” said Simmons. “We would not have this educational tool if it were not for the hard work of many individuals who donated their time and resources to the effort.”

The Southeast Connecticut Chapter of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) worked to install the plumbing and heating systems as the ship was built at Mystic Seaport. During the summer of 2000, a number of plumbing contractor volunteers put the finishing touches on the project.

“The Amistad is a symbol of the struggle for human rights and human dignity and a reminder that all people deserve and desire to be free. As we remember these lessons of the ship, let us remember those who donated their skill and their time to this construction,” said Simmons.

Publication date: 06/11/2001

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

Recent Articles by James Siegel

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Mini Split Installation

Twin Cities contractor Aabott Ferraro helped retrofit an older St. Paul home.


NEWSMakers: Doug Dougherty

Doug Dougherty, president and CEO of the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) joins the program to discuss the latest happenings with GEO, including the drive to get included in state and federal definitions of renewable energy, plus the future of geothermal.  Posted on July 25.

More Podcasts


NEWS 07-28-14 cover

2014 July 28

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Some in the industry are calling for the EPA to halt production of R-22 as of 2015. What do you think?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con