Vermont African American Heritage Trail

Daisy Turner, Grafton, Vermont

Vermont's history is defined by its people. African Americans for whom Vermont was home are part of this history.

The people of Vermont are central to the state's history: Native occupation dating back 10,000 years; citizens powering pivotal Revolutionary War events and providing crucial Civil War support; the men and women who settled the state over the decades and built communities and commerce; and U.S. presidents, Senators and leaders whose work contributed to the foundation of our country.

Lesser known are the stories of Vermont’s African Americans. It is their stories, and those of some of their fellow Vermonters, that the African American Trail guide explores.

The guide takes you to Vermont museums and cultural sites where exhibits, films, tours and personal explorations illuminate the lives of African Americans for whom the Green Mountain State was part of their identity. You'll meet teachers, storytellers, activists, ministers and legislators - people unique in history for being the first to attain positions formerly held only people of European descent, and people who participated in Vermont institutions to make the state and country a better place for all.

Welcome to the unfolding of this important history.  

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January and February 2014

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