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The Chester Land Trust has an agreement in place with Judge Constance Baker Motley’s estate to purchase a 6.7 acre parcel across from the family’s seasonal home on Cedar Lake Road. The property will be designated as the Judge Constance Baker Motley Preserve. In addition to public access, the preserve will be available to the Chester Boy Scout Troop in support of its activities.

In order to accomplish this project, the Chester Land Trust needs your support. A generous donor has committed $10,000, the Motley Estate has committed $10,000 and the Land Trust will provide $10,000 from its treasury. There is an unmet need of $20,000. In order to meet this funding gap, we are requesting tax deductible donations and/or membership in the Land Trust. All membership dues for 2017 will be combined with donations to achieve our goal.

Local author and historian Marta Daniels has prepared the brochure with excerpts from a biography she is writing about the Judge’s life (see Chester Historical Society's link below). Judge Motley and her family were part of the Chester community for over 40 years. Constance Baker Motley was born in New Haven and went on to an illustrious career as an attorney with the NAACP in the 50s’ and 60s’. She was a key participant in crucial court decisions leading to the achievement of historic civil rights advances. Later in her career, Judge Motley was the first African American woman elected to the New York State Senate and appointed by President Johnson to the Federal Court. She was awarded the President’s Citizens Medal in 2001.

Please take the time to send us your membership payment and/or donation using the enclosed return envelope. The Judge Constance Baker Motley Preserve will have the distinction of being both permanently preserved open space and honoring a great American.If you have questions or need more information please contact Richard Harrall: 860.526.5920 or email Thank you for your interest and support.

Chester Historical Society: Marta Daniels on Judge Constance Baker Motley, "All Rise, The Judge is in Town"

The Chester Land Trust

Chester, Connecticut