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I Am a Man: Martin Freeman, Colonization, and Identity
Rutland Free Library
Martin Freeman was the second black graduate of Middlebury College (1849) and the first black president of an American college. But he left to teach at Liberia College in Monrovia, Liberia. Middlebury professor Bill Hart discusses what eventually convinced Freeman that he could only experience freedom, full citizenship, and self-determination in exile in a black republic.
Partner: Middlebury College and the Mellon Foundation
For more information
- Before Your Time podcast on the stories of African American Vermonters, including Martin Freeman
- For an in-person view of this historical period, visit the Old Stonehouse Museum
- Blog: The Life and Legacy of Alexander Twilight, another famous African American Vermonter