William Lanson Statue

City: New Haven

The statue commemorates the life of William Lanson. Lanson was a prominent African American entrepreneur and engineer in New Haven during the early 19th century. Born around 1785, he was a former enslaved person who became a successful businessman. Lanson is best known for his work on the Long Wharf extension in New Haven, which significantly boosted the city’s trade capacity. He also constructed several buildings and was involved in local politics, advocating for the African American community. Despite his achievements, Lanson faced significant racial prejudice and economic challenges. His contributions to New Haven’s infrastructure and his fight for equality remain significant aspects of the city’s history.


Lock St & Canal St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA