Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail

African American Heritage Trail. Credit: VermontVacation.comTravel along Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail, celebrating the lives and stories of Vermonters whose life’s work focused on issues of equality and freedom.

Several of these statewide cultural heritage destinations can be found paralleling Lake Champlain along Route 7, the Lake Champlain Byway. The trail takes visitors to Vermont museums and cultural sites where exhibits, films, tours and personal explorations illuminate the lives of African Americans for whom the Green Mountain State was part of their identity.

African Americans were among the early settlers who built homes and fought in the Revolutionary War. They worked and fought to support the Union cause in the Civil War, and made significant contributions to the establishment of the communities in the Green Mountain State. Visitors to the African American Heritage Trail will be introduced to teachers, storytellers, activists, ministers and legislators who bring this important history to life. 

Learn more and tour the African American Heritage Trail: