Windsor considers renaming street honoring slave owner
WINDSOR, Vt. - The town of Windsor is considering renaming a street that honors a prominent former resident who also illegally owned a slave.
The Windsor Selectboard is discussing whether to rename Jacob Street. Stephen Jacob was a lawyer and politician, and also purchased and held a Black slave, Dinah Mason, after Vermont outlawed slavery in 1777.
A nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation in Windsor put up a marker outside of Jacob’s home honoring Mason on Juneteenth this year.
The selectboard is scheduled to continue discussing renaming Jacob Street on Tuesday.
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