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William Lanson Advertisement
Connecticut Herald (New Haven, CT)
June 22, 1819

In addition to his quarrying and wharfing business, by the late 1810s New Haven's African-American entrepreneur William Lanson had expanded his business enterprises to include rental property, a large hotel, a grocery store, and a stable and livery service. This advertisement ran in New Haven's Connecticut Herald. Fleet Street, the location of Lanson's stable and livery service, was the lower portion of what is now State Street, and led directly to the Long Wharf, a prime location for boarding and renting out horses and carriages.