2019 Vermont Tourism Network Guide

Graon VERMONT AFRICANAMERICANHERITAGETRAIL The Vermont African American Trail shares the remarkable stories of African Americans who have made Vermont their home since the time of the Revolutionary War. Seven museums located throughout the state share the stories of the first state constitution to outlaw slavery, of early Abolitionists, of citizens who provided aid to fugitive slaves, and of Vermont’s early African Americans who lived and worked and made a difference in Vermont, the Nation, and overseas. Tour Operators/Planners – This Trail offers your groups the opportunity to explore this history, combined with all of the iconic destinations and scenery that Vermont has to offer. Explore museums, cultural sites, exhibits, films and tours that illuminate African American history in Vermont. ➊ Rokeby Museum & the Underground Railroad , Ferrisburgh — Multi-media exhibits and guided tours share the stories of fugitives from slavery who were harbored by Vermont abolitionists. ➋ Vermont Folklife Center , Middlebury — Audio/video exhibit of storyteller Daisy Turner provides insight into growing up Black in 19th and 20th century Vermont. See also #5, Turner Family History. ➌ Brandon Museum , Brandon — Film, exhibits and walking tour explain how a small Vermont town became part of the national Abolitionist movement. ➍ Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home , Manchester — A provocative exhibit featuring a restored 1903 Pullman palace car, explores the complex history behind the rise of America’s Black middle class. Hildene was the home of presidential son, Robert Lincoln, President of the Pullman Palace Car Com- pany when it was both the largest manufacturing company in the world and largest employer of African Americans in the country at the time. ➎ Turner Hill Interpretive Center and Gra on History Museum , Grafton — Learn the remarkable story of former slaves and Grafton residents Alec and Sally Turner and their family. Walk through the village, visit the church where they worshipped and the site of Journey’s End where the family once lived. ➏ Old Constitution House State Historic Site , Windsor — Visit the tavern in which the first American constitution to outlaw slavery was written. ➐ Old Stone House Museum and Brownington Village , Brownington — The home, school and church of Alexander Twilight – educator, preacher, and first Black to be elected to the Vermont Legislature. To learn more about these locations and thirteen additional sites see: www.VermontVacation.com/AfricanAmericanHeritageTrail ➊ ➋ ➌ ➍ ➎ ➏ ➐ – 6 –