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Grafton Examines Role in Anti-Slavery Movement

Sat Oct 18th , 2014 4:00pm-5:30pm
Grafton Historical Society
Venue: Grafton Historical Society
147 Main Street, Grafton, VT 05146 (Map) (Set as Local)
Capt. John Barrett, an early settler of Grafton, later helped form the Grafton Anti-Slavery Society in 1837, while running the general store.
Capt. John Barrett, an early settler of Grafton, later helped form the Grafton Anti-Slavery Society in 1837, while running the general store.

Grafton, Vermont residents will be examining the role that its former citizens played in the Anti-Slavery movement before the Civil War. Were they rebel abolitionists or within the law?

In a special program on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m., Alan Berolzheimer, historian, educator and Managing Editor of the Vermont Historical Society magazine, will present an overview of Vermont's involvement in the anti-slavery movement in the mid 1800s. He will also explore what role the residents of the southeast corner of the state, including Grafton may have played in this movement.

Fittingly, the program will be presented at the Grafton Brick Meetinghouse built in 1833, and the site for much of the action taken by Grafton residents at the time. Among some of its citizens that played a role in these events was Capt. John Barrett, an early settler of the town and one of its first merchants to establish a general store in 1816. ( Now the Town Hall). Barrett along with other influential citizens formed the Grafton Anti-Slavery Society in 1837. An auxiliary to the Windham County Anti-Slavery Society.

The Grafton Historical Society has been exploring this period of the town's history to discover whether or not the town was a site along the underground railroad to assist slaves migrating to Canada. There is some early evidence that it may have been part of the route through Townshend to Chester, Woodstock and north to Montpelier or St. Albans. By investigating this aspect, it discovered many other interesting facts as to what was happening in Grafton at that time. Berolzheimer will include some of these interesting discoveries in his presentation on Oct. 18.

Come find out what was happening in these southeast Vermont towns in the mid 1800s as the nation moved toward Civil War. The event is free and open to the public. For further information contact the Grafton Historical Society at or 802 843 2584.

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