January 20th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh
Vermonters are celebrating Martin Luther King day in many ways and in many towns and villages across the Green Mountain state. Here are a few of the many events you might be interested in.
Did you know that Vermonters penned the first constitution in America prohibiting slavery? The year was 1777, just one year after the American Revolution, and the place was a roadside tavern in Windsor. Preserved for visitors today, it is the Old Constitution House State Historic Site. While a large part of Vermont’s role in our culture is widely known, it is the Green Mountain State’s place in African American history that is not as familiar to many.
Catherine Brooks of Vermont Tourism, Curtiss Reed of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and Jane Beck, former director of the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury are trying to change that with the African American Heritage Trail. The Heritage Trail comprises 11 sites including nine museums with exhibits featuring video, audio, and guided, or self-guided tours. It celebrates the accomplishments of Vermont’s early African-American residents and historic places that chronicle eras, people, and events significant to the journey of all African-Americans. Learn more at VermontVacation.com
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