Sometimes overlooked as part of Vermont's history are the African Americans who made Vermont their home. Over the centuries, they have had a profound impact on agriculture, owned businesses, held public office, fought alongside fellow citizens in major wars, and worked to make Vermont and the nation a better place.
Now visitors and Vermonters alike can learn about this history.
The Vermont African American Heritage Trail explores their stories and those of some of their fellow Vermonters. The guide takes visitors 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.
Visitors meet teachers, storytellers, activists, ministers, and legislators who bring this important history to life.