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Near West Rutland in Rutland County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Lemuel Haynes

West Parish Minister

 

— Abolitionist and Author —

 
Lemuel Haynes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 9, 2019
1. Lemuel Haynes Marker
front side, showing text
Inscription.  Lemuel Haynes, born in West Hartford, CT, in 1753, was the son of mixed race parents. Indentured at the age of 5 months to a devout churchman, Haynes was an ardent student of the Bible. In 1785, he became the first ordained African American minister in the US, traveling throughout Vermont as an itinerant preacher. In 1787, he was called to minister to the Congregational community of the West Parish of Rutland. The meetinghouse where he preached for 30 years was located near this cemetery. An outstanding preacher and writer, Haynes was well regarded as both churchman and author. Recognized as the first black minister to serve in white parishes of New England, Haynes died in 1833.

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Lemuel Haynes was an African American religious leader and antislavery supporter. Stressing interracial benevolence, Haynes’ sermons were distributed internationally, making him one of the first published African Americans. In 1775, he penned the poem “The Battle of Lexington,” recounting the opening skirmish of the American Revolution. In response to the Declaration of Independence, Haynes wrote “Liberty Further

Lemuel Haynes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 9, 2019
2. Lemuel Haynes Marker
back side, showing text
Extended” in 1776. It is considered one of the most forceful Revolutionary-era arguments against slavery and one of the first authored by an African American. In 1804, he received an honorary Master’s Degree from Middlebury College, the first in the US granted to an African American.
 
Erected 2018 by Vermont Division for Historical Preservation.
 
Location. 43° 35.691′ N, 73° 2.321′ W. Marker is near West Rutland, Vermont, in Rutland County. Marker is on Pleasant Street, on the left when traveling north. marker is in Pleasant Street Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 52 Pleasant Street, West Rutland VT 05777, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Rutland War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Roll of Honor (approx. half a mile away); Mead's Falls (approx. 1.4 miles away); Center Rutland Depot (approx. 1.6 miles away); Governor Israel Smith (approx. 2.9 miles away); Historic West Street Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); Rutland Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); Italian American Club of Rutland, Vermont (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Rutland.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansArts, Letters, MusicChurches & Religion
 
Lemuel Haynes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 9, 2019
3. Lemuel Haynes Marker
full view of marker, at roadside
Lemuel Haynes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 9, 2019
4. Lemuel Haynes Marker
marker, as seen from a distance, at edge of cemetery
Rev. Lemuel Haynes preaching in the First Church, Bennington, Vermont image. Click for full size.
William Tefft Schwarz (courtesy of the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries), 1920s
5. Rev. Lemuel Haynes preaching in the First Church, Bennington, Vermont
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 95 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   5. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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