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mong other architectural landmarks are the polychromed Gothic-style City Hall facade on the southeast side and the ivy-covered Gothic collegiate-style buildings of Yale facing College Street on the northwest perimeter.

  The fishing and sailing trades in New Haven harbor were active into the nineteenth century, and the town square remained a busy market place. The last slave sale took place on the green in the 1820s. In 1840 the city was the setting for the famous Amistad trial, in which a group of Africans who had seized control of the Spanish ship carrying them into slavery were cleared of all civil charges brought against them. The Amistad Africans exercised on the common while being held in custody in New Haven.

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Eastern View of the Public Square or Green, in New Haven, Conn., hand-colored wood engraving by John Warner Barber, published by Hitchcock and Stafford, New Haven, 1840. Courtesy of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut.    >>Get More Info

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The New Haven Green, Flag Celebration, black-and-white photograph by T.S. Bronson, circa 1915. Courtesy of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut.    >>Get More Info

   By 1846 the stone-and-iron fencing had been installed, and the elm trees had grown to maturity.

  The New Haven Green owes its current well-groomed appearance primarily to the efforts of the group of private citizens who own and maintain the green as part of a self-perpetuating committee established in 1805. In recent years the open park has taken on new life as a cultural center, functioning as an outdoor arena for performances during the Festival of Arts and Ideas, a celebration of art, music and drama held in New Haven each June.

 
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The New Haven Green Looking Down Temple to Chapel, black-and-white photograph by George R. Bradley, circa 1890. Courtesy of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut.   >>Get More Info

 
 
 

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