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In 1987, Carrie Saxon Perry was the first African-American woman elected mayor of Hartford–a first for any New England city. She was an outspoken barrier-breaker who brought people together and advocated fiercely for city residents. After her service as Hartford Mayor, Perry became active in the Greater Hartford branch of the N.A.A.C.P. and served as its president from 2004 to 2008. This project focuses on highlighting and preserving her achievements and legacy during her time as mayor. The team conductedcontinued secondary archival research and primary source oral interview collection that explores questions about Mayor Perry’s influences, leadership approach, and lasting impact on the community.


Aisha Carothers ’25, Olivia Silvey ’25, Amna Zeb ’25; Partner: Desiree Primus