BROWNINGTON –– The Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village is inviting the public to join in celebrating the 228th birthday of Alexander Lucius Twilight and the 200th anniversary of his historic graduation from Middlebury College on Sunday, September 24, from 1-3 p.m.
Alexander Twilight holds the distinguished title of being the first African American to graduate from a U.S. college and later became the first African American elected as a state official, serving in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1836. To commemorate his groundbreaking achievements, the event will feature a variety of activities suitable for all ages.
Guests will have the opportunity to experience a historical reenactment of Twilight’s commencement from Middlebury College, which took place two centuries ago. Additionally, attendees will be treated to birthday cake and ice cream and can explore a free first-floor museum open house, among other attractions.
In honor of Twilight’s significant graduation milestone, Middlebury College will be hosting the Clifford Symposium on their campus in Middlebury, Vermont, from September 21 to 23. The symposium aims to delve into the history and legacy of Twilight and explore the lessons his life can impart in today’s context.
This celebration provides a chance for the community to reflect on Alexander Twilight’s enduring impact on education and political representation and to foster discussions on the relevance of his legacy in contemporary society.