Dear Colleagues,


The Center for Cultural Pluralism would like to share the information about this important community event with you! Please feel free to share widely with the community!



Join us to honor two individuals enslaved in Burlington, VT:
Lavinia & Francis Parker (mother & child) 

Virtual Ceremony
September 13, 2020

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Stopping Stones invite you to a virtual ceremony recognizing the lives of Lavinia Parker and her son, Francis, enslaved in Burlington, VT from 1835-1841.

Stopping Stones is an historical and social reparations initiative created to recognize individuals enslaved in early America at places they were held. A project of the Engagement Arts Fund, Stopping Stones supports organizations to engage citizens and groups in repairing the echoes of slavery that continue in their communities today. Watch our new video to learn more here.  


A livestream ceremony on September 13 in downtown Burlington will be accessible via Zoom Webinar and feature the following speakers: 

  • Reverend Arnold ThomasGood Shepherd Lutheran Church
  • Rabbi Amy SmallOhavi Zedek Synagogue 
  • Paul GrowaldStopping Stones 
  • Kiah MorrisMovement Politics Director, Rights & Democracy Project 
  • Xusana DavisExecutive Director of Racial Equity, State of Vermont
  • Tyeastia GreenDirector of Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, City of Burlington
  • Bishop Shannon MacVean-BrownEpiscopal Diocese of Vermont 
  • Reverend Mark HughesExecutive Director of Justice for All, Coordinator of the Racial Justice Alliance
  • Representative Hal Colston, D-Winooski
  • Reverend and Senator Debbie IngramExecutive Director of Vermont Interfaith Action
  • Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant, Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, UVM
  • Mayor Miro Weinberger, City of Burlington 


Register online via Zoom, share with friends, and join us September 13 online!



Join us and others in our efforts to repair the effects of American slavery


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Masha Shelukha

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Administrative Assistant to Dr. Sherwood Smith

Center for Cultural Pluralism

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Diversity and Multicultural Affairs


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