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Portrait Of First Black Lawmaker To Be Displayed In Vermont Statehouse

Daguerrotype of Alexander Twilight
Collection of the Orleans County Grammar Schools
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Daguerrotype of Alexander Twilight

The Vermont Statehouse is going to be getting a portrait of the man who is thought to have been the first Black state lawmaker in the country.
The non-profit group Friends of the Vermont Statehouse announced on Sunday that it was commissioning a portrait of Alexander Twilight.

Last week marked the 225th birthday of Twilight. Earlier this year lawmakers supported a resolution to make his birthday “Alexander Twilight Day.”

Twilight was born in Corinth, graduated from Middlebury College in 1823 and later moved to Brownington to serve as the principal of the Orleans County Grammar School. In 1836 he was elected to represent Brownington in the Legislature.

His portrait is expected to be ready to hang in the Statehouse in 2022.

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