Event | The Coming of the Invisible People, with Maine Historian Bob Greene 6/10/21

Begin Again series hosted by the Maine Historical Society A Talk with Bob Greene Thursday, June 10, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Register here They came in waves on waves. They were in the background on the steel roads that snaked deep into the interior. While not being unnoticed, they were invisible. And before you knew … Continue reading Event | The Coming of the Invisible People, with Maine Historian Bob Greene 6/10/21

Event | Nineteenth-Century Black Politics in Maine: Historical Research and Legacies 7/22/21

Begin Again series hosted by the Maine Historical SocietyPanel Discussion featuring Van Gosse Thursday, July 22, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Register here This event is co-sponsored by the McGillicuddy Humanities Center at the University of Maine.In September 1826, a group of six African American men addressed a letter “To the Public” on behalf of about … Continue reading Event | Nineteenth-Century Black Politics in Maine: Historical Research and Legacies 7/22/21

Advocacy Alert: Hearing on Offensive Place Names in Maine Today

A public hearing for bill LD 1591 sponsored by Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross—"Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Identify Places with Offensive Names and Methods of Changing Those Names”—takes place today, Thursday, May 13 at 9:00 am before the Judiciary. Please consider offering testimony in favor of this important bill.  Some context Rep. Gerald Talbot … Continue reading Advocacy Alert: Hearing on Offensive Place Names in Maine Today

Event: Kate McBrien presents “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives” on 5/6/21

Hosted by The First Amendment Museum May 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Register here This 40-minute presentation and discussion explores the true history of the community who lived on Malaga Island, off the coast of Phippsburg, Maine, in the late 1800s. The program examines the individuals who were part of this community … Continue reading Event: Kate McBrien presents “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives” on 5/6/21

Building a Better Black Box

By Meadow Dibble What you are looking at is a document chest believed to have belonged to Elijah Cobb (1768–1848), one of New England’s most celebrated sea captains and the founding father of my hometown on Cape Cod. You might even call it a 19th-century black box, since the purpose of this object, like that … Continue reading Building a Better Black Box

ABB Event | Whaling Captains of Color with Skip Finley on 4/29

ReMapping New England | 2021 Speaker Series Hosted by Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance Thursday, April 29, 2021 5:00-6:00 p.m. Register here ReMapping New England is an ongoing collaboration between Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance that aims to re-member our communities in all their diversity and radically shift public consciousness toward … Continue reading ABB Event | Whaling Captains of Color with Skip Finley on 4/29

Slavery and African Americans in early Castine

Castine, Maine is a small coastal town in Hancock County, Maine. Long used seasonally for fishing and trade by Native Americans, the area was first occupied by whites beginning in 1629. Over the course of 200 years, French, English, Dutch and Americans fought over this highly prized and strategically placed deep water port. Permanent settlement … Continue reading Slavery and African Americans in early Castine

Event: Patricia Q. Wall on The Era of Slavery in Southern Maine 3/25/21 @ 6 pm

Hosted by Rice Public Library Thursday, March 25, 6:00 PM register here Rice Public Library in Kittery, Maine presents historian and author, Patricia Q. Wall, to discuss the era of slavery in Southern Maine as revealed in her recently published book, 'Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery & Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of … Continue reading Event: Patricia Q. Wall on The Era of Slavery in Southern Maine 3/25/21 @ 6 pm

Stand In Solidarity Against Racism on Juneteenth!

These words, posted on Facebook, were a call to action for our mostly white community. In response, almost 80 people gathered at Lafayette Park, in Kennebunk, Maine, on a warm spring evening.   In the midst of a pandemic, the crowd included all ages: some who remembered demonstrating for civil rights back in the 1960s and … Continue reading Stand In Solidarity Against Racism on Juneteenth!