Dennis Culliton

Dennis Culliton is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Witness Stones Project. He retired from twenty-five years of teaching history in 2019 to pursue this project full time. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from UMass Amherst, a M.A. in Teaching History from Quinnipiac University, and a Sixth-Year degree from the University of New England. Prior to teaching, Dennis served four years in the U.S. Marines and was employed as a civilian Contract Administrator for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and the U.S. Coast Guard. He lives in Guilford with his wife of 42 years and their dog Oscar with adult children and a grandchild close by.

The Witness Stones Project seeks to restore the history and honor the humanity and contributions of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities.  Inspired by the Stolperstein project in Germany (and with their blessing), it bears witness by installing a marker that recalls an enslaved individual at a site of significance, such as where they lived, worked, or prayed. We cannot change the past, but we can, through this project, give a voice to the voiceless by uncovering their stories. We partner with local schools and historical societies to assist students in researching the history of an enslaved individual from their community and reconstructing the memory of that person through the written record.


The recent CSG webinar by Dennis received so much positive feedback and a desire from attendees to watch it again, we’ve decided to make the video available to watch for a limited amount of time for free here on the public side of our website.

For CSG members, it is currently behind the member wall in the CSG Member area permanently to watch at your convenience.

Enjoy “From Slavery to Freedom: Restoring the History of Eleven Generations of an African American Family through the Witness Stones Project.” with Dennis Culliton which he presented live on February 20, 2021 via Zoom.