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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In Vermont History

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1) On February 7, 1818, Vermont became the first state to abolish slavery through legislative means. The new state constitution stated that "all men are born equally free and independent," and laws were enacted to ensure that slaveholders would not be able to bring their slaves within Vermont's borders.

2) In 1849, the Vermont State House, located in Montpelier, was destroyed by fire on February 7. A new State House was built on the same site and opened in 1859, which is the building that still stands today.

3) February 7, 1931, marked the opening of the Bennington Battle Monument. This 306-foot-tall obelisk commemorates the 1777 Battle of Bennington during the American Revolution, and is the tallest structure in Vermont.

4) On February 7, 1964, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favor of a group of parents who sued the state for the right to send their children to parochial schools at state expense. This decision was based on the state's constitution, which prohibits the "taxation of one religious sect for the benefit of another."

5) In 2005, February 7 was declared "Burton Snowboards Day" in Vermont. This day recognizes the legacy of Jake Burton Carpenter, who founded the company in 1977 and helped turn snowboarding into a mainstream sport. Burton Snowboards is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.
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