NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Abused in life and death, an enslaved man known as Mr. Fortune will be honored with an elaborate funeral more than 200 years after he died in Connecticut.
Fortune's remains will lie in state in the Capitol rotunda in Hartford Thursday before taken by state police escort to Waterbury for a memorial service at the church where he was baptized and burial in a cemetery filled with prominent citizens.
Organizers say it's a long overdue honor for a slave who was never properly buried. His owner, a bone doctor, preserved his skeleton for medical study and a descendant eventually gave the bones to a museum which displayed the skeleton for decades.
Recent tests by Quinnipiac University confirmed Fortune lived with painful injuries but did not determine his cause of death.
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