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Vermont Slavery

Vermont Statehouse  (file photo)
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In 1777, Vermont became the first state to include a provision in its Constitution prohibiting slavery.  But it was a partial ban that the state is now working to amend.

The state Senate in Vermont — the first state to abolish adult slavery — has given preliminary approval to a proposal to amend the state constitution to remove references to slavery.

Vermont Statehouse Spring 2017
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Vermont Senate members have heard testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate any mention of slavery in the state constitution.