One of the winners of the 1995 Literary Awards Contest sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Genealogists was Chains Unbound: Slave Emancipations in Greenwich, Connecticut.
In a letter dated May 22, 1995 thanking me for submitting the book for the contest, Mary Lou Rath, chair of the 1995 Literary Awards Committee wrote:
The Committee was very impressed with your book and commends you for your intensive, in-depth research which identified, by name, the host of slaves who were, eventually, emancipated in Greenwich, CT. The topic of slave names is a relative newcomer in the arena of publish genealogical works and your extraordinary book establishes a precedent for future publications on this subject; CSG wholeheartedly endorses any/all endeavors in this realm.
Here is what the notice of the award stated:
Chains Unbound (Greenwich, CT) written by Jeffrey Bingham Mead (CSG #13607): Very little has been written about slaves with an attempt to specifically identify them. The author is especially commended for his intensive, in-depth research which resulted in this monograph/book which identifies, by name, a host of slaves who were, eventually, emancipated in Greenwich, CT. This is an extraordinary book and merits your special attention.
In 1995 I published my first book 'Chains Unbound: Slave Emancipations in Greenwich, Connecticut.' My original intention was for it to be used as an educational resource. This is an online companion site that I've created, especially for those of you utilizing online resources and smartphones. I've also included additional items and news articles not found in the 1995 edition. Jeffrey Bingham Mead, Historian and Author. October 13, 2014.