Community Report: Defying Vt. Constitution, Windsor Judge Enslaved Woman In Early 1800s
A panel is now weighing how to honor a Black woman enslaved by a former Vermont Supreme Court justice in 1800s Windsor. VPR checks in with Valley News reporter Alex Hanson, who has been following the conversation about whether a street bearing the judge's moniker should be renamed.
The street in question, Jacob Street, refers to Vermont Supreme Court Justice Stephen Jacob. Evidence shows he bought and enslaved Dinah Mason in 1783, even though Vermont's Constitution, written in 1777, outlawed slavery (or at least, enslaving adults).
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