Honoring the first Ordained African American Minister in the United States


WEST RUTLAND, Vt. A new historical marker was revealed in West Rutland Saturday morning.

Community members gathered in West Rutland Saturday morning to celebrate their history.

“Our first marker ever – we thought we would make a big deal out of having it,” said Michelle Jagodzinski of the West Rutland Historical society.

The new roadside historical marker honors Lemuel Haynes – The first Ordained African American Minister in the United States.

“Let us remember that 230 years ago the people of West Rutland opened their hearts to a black preacher and their lives were enriched for doing this forever,” said Reverend Bill Whiteman….

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