Martin Luther King Jr. in Simsbury CT

Simsbury? Yes. In 1944, when he was 15, he picked tobacco in Simsbury.

This was his first exposure to the Northeast and to a society that was not formally segregated and provided a number of interactions with the communities in the Connecticut River Valley.

Dr. King’s writings strongly suggest that his call to the ministry crystallized during his stay in Simsbury working in the tobacco fields.

Some local residents wish to honor that, and plan to create a life-size statue of King as a teenager.