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Vermont Women in the Abolitionist Movement

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Jane Williamson, Director of the Rokeby Museum, gives a talk on what is known about the role of Vermont women in the movement toward emancipation of the slaves in the 19th century. Women were an important force, but left very little trace of their activity in the state. The record of the female anti-slavery society in Norwich turned up recently and Williamson discusses what those documents can teach us. She also brings artifacts from the Rokeby collection. Quakers Rowland Robinson and his wife Rachel Gilpin Robinson lived at Rokeby in Ferrisburgh; it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997 for its exceptional underground railroad history.

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