Building the African American Heritage Trail
Elaine Cawley Weintraub
Twenty years ago, the African American Heritage Trail History Project was born. Its mission was to research and disseminate the story of people of color on Martha’s Vineyard and to celebrate those stories by placing a series of engraved bronze plaques throughout the Island. In the early days, the goal was to have four sites that would be visible to all, and perhaps some day more could be added. There are now 30 sites and more to come.
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Honoring the Legacy of Judge Herbert Tucker
Noah Asimow
The Edgartown courthouse was celebrated as the 30th site on the African American Heritage Trail, with a plaque honoring district court judge Herbert Tucker.
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African-American Heritage Trail Site
The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard will dedicate a plaque honoring Judge Herbert E. Tucker Jr., at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
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Douglass Speech Is Reminder That Not Everyone Is Free
Steve Myrick
The words of Frederick Douglass rang out from the Federated Church in Edgartown Tuesday, as readers recited the abolitionist orator’s famous speech.
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Grace Church Honored as African American Heritage Trail Site
Holly Pretsky
On Sunday Grace Church became the 28th site on the African American Heritage Trail.
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Grace Church Added to African American Heritage Trail

The Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven is set to become the newest site on the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard.

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Pioneering Nurse Is Newest Addition to African American Heritage Trail
Steve Myrick
Family, friends, and neighbors gathered Friday in Oak Bluffs to dedicate the home of Anne P. Jennings as the newest site on the African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard.
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African American Heritage to Dedicate New Site

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard will dedicate its 27th site on Friday Nov. 24.

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Honoring Our African-American History
Elaine Cawley-Weintraub
The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard has united communities and augmented the rich fabric of the Island’s history.
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Ceremonies at Shearer Cottage Dedicate Historic Site on African American Trail
Ethan Kelley
Shearer Cottage in Oak Bluffs was the first inn on Martha’s Vineyard, and among the first in the nation, to be owned by and cater to black people. It now has been dedicated to the man for who founded the inn, and is a key stop on the Vineyard’s Heritage Trail.
 
Named for Charles Shearer, the cottage is the culmination of this man’s journey to prosperity.
 
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