Early Black state poet to be honored in Guilford
GUILFORD - The Brattleboro Words Trail is collaborating with community partners to host an official unveiling of a state historic marker recognizing the achievements of the nation’s first African-American poet Lucy Terry Prince, and her husband Abijah Prince. The two were early Black landowners in Guilford and Sunderland and civil rights advocates. A drummer and special speakers will commemorate the placement of the marker at the Vermont Welcome Center in Guilford, Tuesday, October 19, at 11 am.
The dedication will feature reflections from Gretchen Gerzina, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book “Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved out of Slavery and Into Legend;” poet, artist, and Brattleboro Words Trail Advisor Shanta Lee Gander; and Curtiss Reed Jr., of the Vermont African-American Heritage Trail. The event will be called with traditional African drumming by Vermont resident Sayan Camara. Representing the town of Guilford, co-host of the event, poet and Guilford Selectboard vice-chair Verandah Porche will emcee.
For more information visit https://brattleboro.stqry.app/ or https://www.facebook.com/BrattleboroWords.