Burlington in Chittenden County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Andrew Harris 1814-1841
First African American Graduate of the University of Vermont, 1838
— Abolitionist & Advocate of Black Equality —
silently to submit to our indignities, or suffer them to be
transmitted to posterity."
Andrew Harris was one of the first African Americans to earn a college degree. The antislavery journal Liberator stated he was "probably the most educated colored man in our country." He was a featured speaker at the 1839 meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Harris was one of the founders of the American & Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, a delegate to the first convention of the Liberty Party, and pastor of the 2nd African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He died at age 27.
Erected 2015 by Vermont Division of Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
Location. 44° 28.512′ N, 73° 11.971′ W. Marker is in Burlington, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Marker can be reached from Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 194 South Prospect Street, Burlington VT 05401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel de Champlain (approx. ¼ mile away); John Dewey (approx. 0.3 miles away); General William Wells / Dr. H. Nelson Jackson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grace Goodhue Coolidge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Church Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); Church Street Marketplace (approx. 0.7 miles away); Howard Bank Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chittenden County Trust Company (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
Also see . . . Vermont History - Andrew Harris. (Submitted on September 13, 2016, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
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