This week in New England history: March 21-27

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A list of significant dates in New England history:

March 21

1971: Vermont’s seasonal snowfall totals 132.2 inches, a record for the Green Mountain State.

March 22

Anne Hutchinson

Anne Hutchinson

1638: Anne Hutchinson, midwife and mother of 15, is expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for her controversial Puritan religious teachings.

March 24

1664: Political and religious leader Roger Williams, known for advocating a separation between church and state, is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island. Rhode Island becomes a haven for Baptists, Quakers, Jews and other religious minorities, and nearly a century after Williams’ death, the Bill of Rights incorporates his notion of religious freedom into US law.

March 25

Nantucket sailors

Nantucket sailors

1845: The Massachusetts State Legislature — responding to a petition from black Nantucket sailors who, after experiencing relative quality on the whaling ships, were unwilling to accept segregation or inequality in schools on land for their children — votes to guarantee access to public schools for all.

March 26

Robert Frost

Robert Frost

1872: Robert Frost, who attended Dartmouth and Harvard colleges and is perhaps the most iconic New England poet, is born in San Francisco.