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Second African-American Heritage Marker Damaged

VPR/Melody Bodette
The damaged Frederick Douglass marker was located in front of the Ferrisburgh Meeting House.

A second historic marker on the state’s African-American Heritage Trail has been damaged.

A Ferrisburgh marker commemorating the site of an 1843 speech by abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was found on the ground, with the pole it was mounted on snapped off.

John Dumville of the Division for Historic Preservation says it’s possible someone accidentally backed into the pole, which will be re-erected when the ground thaws. 

Last month a Hinesburg state historic marker commemorating a mid-1800s African American farming community disappeared.  It was later found damaged in a nearby cemetery.

“We hope they’re not connected,” said Dumville of the two incidents.

The African-American Heritage Trail opened last year.  Trail sites include historic markers, museums and exhibits.