Vermont is recognizing its African American history with a new historical marker honoring poet Lucy Terry Prince, the Associated Press reports.
Why it matters: Prince wrote “Bars Fight", which is thought to be the oldest known poem by an African American in the United States.
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The big picture: The new marker was unveiled this week at the Interstate 91 welcome center in Guilford, Vermont, where Prince lived with her husband in the late 1700s.
The marker states that Prince was stolen from Africa as a child and enslaved in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Prince became free after she married Abijah Prince in 1756, later settling on 100 acres in Guilford in 1769.
Details: "Bars Fight" recounts the 1746 attack on Deerfield settlers, per the AP.
The poem “endured in oral tradition for over 100 years before appearing on the front page of the Springfield Daily Republican in 1854,” according to the historical marker.
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