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Substitute Senate Bill No. 507

Public Act No. 04-25

AN ACT CONCERNING THE FREEDOM TRAIL.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 10-320e of the general statutes, as amended by section 228 of public act 03-6 of the June 30 special session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The commission may provide an appropriate plaque or marker at a cost, to be determined by the commission, to the recipient for attachment to an historic structure or landmark identifying it as a Connecticut historical landmark within the criteria adopted by the commission and as identified through the state register of historic places, if the owner agrees to display such plaque or marker in a manner satisfactory to the commission. Any such plaque or marker may be repossessed by the commission if the historic structure or landmark is not maintained in a manner satisfactory to the commission.

(b) The Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film, established under section 210 of [this act] public act 03-6 of the June 30 special session, in [conjunction] consultation with the Amistad Committee, Inc. , New Haven, shall establish a Freedom Trail [for the state of Connecticut which marks, with plaques, the sites related to minority history] and a program to recognize, document and mark sites in the state of Connecticut that are associated with the history and movement towards freedom of its African-American citizens, the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery. The commission and the Amistad Committee, Inc., of New Haven shall designate and mark the sites of the Freedom Trail. The Amistad Committee, Inc., of New Haven shall be responsible for the coordination and organization of the "September Freedom Trail Month". The commission shall establish a program to publicize the existence of the Freedom Trail and shall publish a brochure which indicates the location and history of the sites.

Approved April 28, 2004