Our group chose Alexander Twilight for our entry for The Community History Project. We chose that because we wanted to learn more about Alexander Twilight. Alexander was a very interesting and great man who is very unknown. He was so great because he became the first African American to get a full degree at an American college. The college he graduated from was Middlebury College. Twilight was also the first African American to join the Vermont Legislature. Finally, during the time of slavery, he was a free black. He had a job, and he was a very important man who had a lot of responsibilities. For our final project we are doing an iMovie. It features an interview with Alexander and his wife Mercy. We ask them 10 Questions about their life.
We went to the Old Stone House many times. When we were there, we took some pictures of old artifacts and pictures of Alexander. We also got some pictures on the web. Our group found that primary sources were very useful. We got some information in the book called Alexander Twilight by Michael T. Hahn. It was a biography of Twilight's life. We read stories about Alexander, written by his students. Some of his sermons were also found last year, and we looked at those as well.
We made the script for our iMovie. Our three most valuable sources were The Old Stone House, the internet, and the book on Alexander's life. In the beginning of our project, we were going to film with a regular video. We couldn't get access to a camera, however. So, we finally decided to make an iMovie on the computer. When we were trying to find out what we were going to do for our project, we decided to do an interview of Alexander's life. For the interview, we came up with ten Questions and found the answers to them. In the beginning, we brainstormed and decided to choose from 18 Questions about Twilight's life. Finally, we decided to use 10 out of the 18 Questions to use in the interview.
Our topic includes many interesting facts about Alexander's amazing life. Alexander was a preacher, teacher, a principal, a speculator, and he was in the legislature. He was a very busy man. While he was doing all of these jobs, he assumed many different responsibilities. He had the responsibility to provide the students with the proper education that they deserved. He also chose to be a principal, so he had to look out for the students that went to the school. When he joined the legislature, he assumed the responsibility of helping make laws and important decisions for the state of Vermont. Because of all of these responsibilities, he became a very respected man.
It is important to study Alexander Twilight because he did many good deeds. He helped out his students by making a school, and it gave them a chance to learn. Learning about him has been a valuable experience for us.
By: Teddy B., Richard H. Sharon F., and Isaiah C. 3/5/03
Interview Questions For Twilight
Hahn, Michael Alexander Twilight. Shelburne, Vermont: The New England Press, 1998. 1-61.
We learned where he lived in the past and where he preached. We also learned where and when he got married. We found out about some of the troubles that Alexander and his wife, Mercy had. We also learned that he had an ox to help build the Athenian Hall.
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Old Stone House Museum. Vermont Historical Society. 7
We found pictures and information on The Old Stone House. The group also found pictures on Alexander's grave stones and his special room in the Old Stone House. We also found things about his wife.
Old Stone House Museum. (United States): n.p., n.d.
Our group went to the museum multiple times and took pictures of artifacts. We also used some of the pictures as still images in our i-movie.
The Old Stone House Museum. Brownington, Vermont: Orleans County Historical Society, Inc., n.d.
We learned Information about the town of Brownington during the time Alexander Twilight lived. Our group also learned about the construction of Athenian Hall. This is now known as the Old Stone House.