Event: Dr. Kate McMahon on “Land and Liberty: The Historic African American Community of Peterborough, Maine”

Hosted by Maine Conservation Voters Friday, January 15, 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Register here 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 … Continue reading Event: Dr. Kate McMahon on “Land and Liberty: The Historic African American Community of Peterborough, Maine”

Sighting a Slave Ship: The Logbook of the ship CORINNE, commanded by John K. Stickney in 1853

Entry for December 31, 1854, while off Pernambuco, Brazil: “At 3pm passed a bark steering about S by W afterwards. Exch[ange] colors.  She proved to be a Buenos Ayrean.  She look rather suspicious, had “windsails” fore and aft.  Am inclined to think she was a “slaver.” 10am saw a vessel ahead standing same way, coming … Continue reading Sighting a Slave Ship: The Logbook of the ship CORINNE, commanded by John K. Stickney in 1853

Captain Taylor and Captain Talbot made history in Portland, Maine

At the South Portland Historical Society, we have a seasonal rhythm that suits us. In the winter, it’s a perfect time for some research and fundraising; each spring, we mount a new exhibit and open our museum; summer and fall are always busy with our museum open every day; and as the holidays approach in … Continue reading Captain Taylor and Captain Talbot made history in Portland, Maine

Confronting Place Ignorance in Education

By Fiona Hopper In January 2020, Starr Kelly, Curator of Education at the Abbe Museum, led a workshop for the social studies vertical team (a group comprised of teachers, parents, and students in Portland, Maine) and partner organizations titled Can We Decolonize Educational Spaces?: A Critical Look at Settler Colonialism and Empire Building. Starr asked … Continue reading Confronting Place Ignorance in Education

Event: “Untold African American Stories” with Adelaide Solomon-Jordan this Sunday 11/15/20

Hamilton Hall 2020 Americana Lecture Sunday, November 15 at 6:00 pm Get tickets here The 2020 Hamilton Hall Americana Lecture, "Untold African American Stories," will be presented virtually by biographer Adelaide Solomon-Jordan. Ms. Solomon-Jordan shares a special connection to Hamilton Hall, as she is a cousin of the Remond family. About the Lecture Ms. Solomon-Jordan … Continue reading Event: “Untold African American Stories” with Adelaide Solomon-Jordan this Sunday 11/15/20

Munjoy Hill’s 19th Century African-American Community

By Kate Burch, Greater Portland Landmarks Portland’s Black Communities have been shaping the city’s history, landscapes, and architecture for hundreds of years. In the 19th century, Portland was a stop on the Underground Railroad and was home to a thriving community of free Black people who worked the waterfront or the commercial railroads. Surviving historic … Continue reading Munjoy Hill’s 19th Century African-American Community

Event: “Brunswick and the Slave Trade” with Scholar Kate McMahon tomorrow

Hosted by the Pejepscot History Center, Brunswick, Maine Thursday, October 22, 20205:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT Register here Dr. Kate McMahon, Ph.D. Howard University; Museum Specialist, Center for the Study of Global Slavery, National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution Discover the little-known connections between the Pejepscot region, shipping, and the … Continue reading Event: “Brunswick and the Slave Trade” with Scholar Kate McMahon tomorrow