Belvidere Center in Lamoille County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
George Washington Henderson
First African-American Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Minister, Educator, Champion of His Race
Born in Virginia in 1850, Henderson was employed as a servant by Henry Carpenter, adjutant in the Eighth Vermont Regiment in the Civil War. In 1865 he accompanied Carpenter to his home in Belvidere and began "to learn his letters." After study with Oscar Atwood in Underhill and at Barre Academy, he entered the University of Vermont and graduated at the top of his class in 1877. He taught in schools in Jericho, Craftsbury, and Newport. After graduating in 1883 from Yale Divinity School, he went south in 1888 to serve as Congregational minister in New Orleans. He was author, in 1894, of the first formal protest against lynching in the U.S. From 1890 to 1932 he taught theology and classical languages in Straight (now Dillard), Fisk, and Wilberforce Universities. He died in Wilberforce, Ohio, in 1936.
Erected 1999 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 44° 44.893′ N, 72° 42.05′ W. Marker is in Belvidere Center, Vermont, in Lamoille County. Marker is on Vermont Route 109 4.4 miles west of Vermont Route 118, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Belvidere cemetery, just west of the village of Belvidere Center. Marker is in this post office area: Belvidere Center VT 05442, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Julian Scott (approx. 7.8 miles away); Cambridge Junction Bridge (approx. 8.8 miles away); Chester A. Arthur (approx. 9.9 miles away); Birthplace of Larry Gardner (approx. 12.1 miles away); Morrisville Depot (approx. 13.7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. George Washington Henderson - blackpast.org. (Submitted on June 9, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
2. George Washington Henderson - findagrave.com. (Submitted on June 9, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • War, US Civil •
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