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Thursday, Jul 28, 2022, 5:00 PM ET

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Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series, Vana Carmona will share what she has learned about slavery in Maine

The early days of enslavement in Maine are painfully hard to reconstruct. Records are elusive and often contradictory. Names change over time. Genealogies are virtually non-existent. Vana Carmona has persevered over the last eight years, sorting through any data she could find to learn more. The result has been The Prince Project.

In this lecture, Vana will present a clearer picture of what life was like for people enslaved in Maine during the 17th and 18th centuries. Who were they? What were their lives like? Who enslaved them? Vana will discuss all of this and more to help us see a clearer picture of this period in our history.

About the speaker:

Vana Carmona is the founder of The Prince Project, a database of over 2000 people of color who lived in Maine prior to 1800. She is a docent/guide for several historic sites in the Portland area, including Maine Historical Society and Spirits Alive (Eastern Cemetery). She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts/Medieval History at California State University/Sacramento. Vana is descended from a number of early European settlers with the first of these arriving in New England in 1620 and moving into Maine in 1633. Many, she discovered, were enslavers and were complicit in the slave trade.

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