Hosted by Maine Conservation Voters
Friday, January 15, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.
Rural African American communities are an important, yet understudied, part of Maine’s history and path to statehood. Peterborough, in the town of Warren, was once one of the largest African American communities in Maine.
Dr. Kate McMahon of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will present a talk hosted by Maine Conservation Voters to share how Amos and Sarah Peters — a Revolutionary War veteran and a freedom petitioner, respectively — built a large community in Warren and fought for their freedom and the futures of their descendants.
Published by Meadow Dibble
Meadow Dibble is Director of Community-Engaged Research at the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations and founding Director of Atlantic Black Box, a nonprofit devoted to researching and reckoning with New England’s role in the slave trade and the economy of enslavement. She is currently in her third year as a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Meadow received her Doctorate from Brown’s Department of French with a focus on Postcolonial studies and taught Francophone African literature at Colby College from 2005–08. Originally from Cape Cod, she lived for six years on Senegal’s Cape Verde peninsula, where she published a cultural magazine and coordinated foreign study programs. In 2016, Meadow experienced a brutal awakening to the reality of her hometown’s deep investment in the global slave economy. Ever since, she has been researching complicity among Cape Cod’s sea captains while developing The Atlantic Black Box Project.
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2 thoughts on “Event: Dr. Kate McMahon on “Land and Liberty: The Historic African American Community of Peterborough, Maine””
I am the grandson of carl peters. my name is michael doughty son of carlene irma taylor holmes I am very interested in this information about my background .thank you in best regards mike doughty
Hi Mike, I’d be happy to connect with you and share my research. You can feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.