A Cautionary Tale About Our Nation’s Twin Plagues That Went Untold for Two Centuries

Hosted by The Northeast Harbor Library with support from Maine Humanities Council

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 5:00 pm

To register, call the library at 207-276-3333 or email rsvp@nehlibrary.org

On August 1, 1819, a majestic Maine-built ship docked at Boston’s Long Wharf, completing a nearly year-long voyage to West Africa and the West Indies that only a few crew members were fortunate to survive. This dramatic story features a prominent Yankee sea captain, a tragedy on the high seas, a viral outbreak, a major political cover up, and a conspiracy of silence that has lasted two centuries surrounding New England’s involvement in the slave trade. Following these historical threads into the present day allows us to consider the ways in which our region’s repressed history of complicity with the business of slavery relates to our current national conversations about race, privilege, identity and access to the “American dream”.

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