- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A former Communist Party leader who was among those arrested in New Haven at the peak of McCarthyism will share his account of the era at an event at a Connecticut museum.

Ninety-four-year-old Alfred Marder will speak April 14 at the New Haven Museum.

The event will be moderated by historian Mary Donohue, who interviewed Marder for an article in the magazine “Connecticut Explored.”

Marder was arrested by federal agents in May 1954. He was eventually acquitted due to insufficient evidence that the Communist Party was trying to overthrow the government.

Marder’s involvement with the party began during the late 1930s. Today he’s a community activist and chairman of the Connecticut Freedom Trail.

New Haven was one of several U.S. cities where people were arrested in 1954 for suspected communism.


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