The Blanchard's of Searsport commissioning of the bark CUBA in 1841 and brig DEMERARA in 1842 give insight into the importance of the West Indian sugar trade for New Englanders at that time. Demerara is a raw cane sugar and a region of Guyana, and Cuba was the port of call for the Blanchard ships. … Continue reading Searsport’s Blanchards in the West Indies Trade
ABB Director of Research Kate McMahon presents a talk for Maine Historical Society's Maine at 200 Series Monday, September 14, 2020 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm Register here Sarah and Amos Peters came to Warren, Maine by the early 1780s and established a large community of African American, Native American, and mixed-race people whose lives … Continue reading Event: Freedom’s Woods: The African American Community of Peterborough in Warren, Maine
https://youtu.be/6sGYcAPymHU Built for Searsport, ME Captain Benjamin Carver, the KENTUCKY later went into the slave trade. Find out more in this video put together by Penobscot Marine Museum summer intern Lauren Taylor.
This summer, all four of Penobscot Marine Museum’s remote interns conducted research related to ships participating in the slave trade or early Maine African American residents. The process tended to be challenging and they didn’t always find what they were looking for. High school intern Audrey described her experience looking for African American residents in … Continue reading Not finding what you’re looking for
To create my presentation about Ebenezer Poulson’s painting of a slaver ship, I used Penobscot Marine Museum’s online collections database. There are over 500 depictions of ships, 100,000 photographs, and partial information on the extensive maritime history archives in the museum library. The current level of tagging is not robust and that makes the search … Continue reading Researching in Penobscot Marine Museums’s Online Collections Database
https://youtu.be/oPbPlH87150 Penobscot Marine Museum educator Sarah Cole explores a painting from the museum's collection. Not much is known about "Slaver Brig with Royal Navy Brig in Pursuit" by the British artist Ebenezer Poulson, but the painting speaks loudly on its own and helps to tell a broader story. Originally presented on July 10th on Facebook … Continue reading Slaver Brig with Royal Navy Brig in Pursuit
With Atlantic Black Box Education Coordinator Seth Goldstein Lunch & Learn @ Maine Conservation Voters Friday, August 21, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Register here Seth Goldstein, Professor at the Maine College of Art, will join Maine Conservation Voters for their Lunch & Learn series to present “A People’s (Virtual) Walking Tour of Portland.” Professor … Continue reading Event: A People’s (Virtual) Walking Tour of Portland
The Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) in Searsport, Maine holds objects, archives, photographs, and library books related to our mission to preserve, interpret and celebrate the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond through collections, education and community engagement. A major subject throughout our collection is Maine’s nineteenth century merchant marine: Maine-built coastal schooners … Continue reading Taking a Closer Look in the Collections of the Penobscot Marine Museum
\Prince. His name was Prince. Later in his life, he was often known to some as Prince McLellan, but his last moniker came later. For most of his life, and in death, he was just Prince. He had his singular name because he was a slave, and that was the way it was with slaves. … Continue reading The Prince Project
Meadow Dibble, a Visiting Scholar at Brown University's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, will join Maine Conservation Alliance to discuss the Atlantic Black Box Project—a Portland-based public history initiative devoted to researching and reckoning with New England's role in the slave trade and the economy of enslavement. All are welcome to attend.