Vermont Humanities Council
Today is officially Alexander Twilight Day in the state of Vermont; he was born on this day in 1795. He was the first person of African descent to receive a college degree in the United States (Middlebury College, 1823) and he later became an educator in Brownington VT, a preacher, and a Vermont state legislator.
Twilight built the Orleans County Grammar School in Brownington in 1836; the building now houses the Old Stone House Museum VT.
Visit the Old Stone House Museum's website to see videos of one of Mr. Twilight's sermons, a reading by poet Rajnii Eddins and a presentation by "The Twilight Girls." We spoke with museum director Molly Veysey for the "Princes and Free Men" episode of our Before Your Time podcast with the Vermont Historical Society.
“This guy is on par with some of the national heroes that we have,” said Veysey in the episode. “He was a genius.”