Adams Middle School 8th grade students researched and wrote essays to restore history and to honor the humanity and contributions of three enslaved individuals, Shem, Tombo, and Peter Gardner, who helped build our community. Witness stones in their names were installed on Ledge Hill Road in North Guilford.
The students, members of the Witness Stones Project, state and local representatives, and the greater community in a ceremony on June 1st. Student essays were read by Beth Payne, descendent of the Scranton Family who held Peter Gardner in captivity, Pat Wilson, 5th great niece of Tombo, and Rockley Miller, descendent of the Chittenden Family who held Shem in captivity.
Following the remarks, Witness Stones bearing the names of each enslaved individual were installed in the cemetery in North Guilford.