ABB Event: Remapping New England: Monuments, Markers, & Collective Memory

Presented by Atlantic Black Box & Indigo Arts Alliance

Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 pm on zoom

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Join Indigo Arts Alliance and Atlantic Black Box for the first in a series of conversations that will showcase projects from around New England that aim to make Black history and heritage visible in the built environment.

Dr. Kate McMahon of the Center for the Study of Global Slavery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will moderate a conversation about public memory and representation featuring the following panelists:

• Representative Rachel Talbot RossPortland Freedom Trail (Maine)

• Charles RobertsRhode Island Slave History Medallions (Rhode Island)

• JerriAnne Boggis, Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (New Hampshire)

 Dennis CullitonWitness Stones Project (Connecticut)

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New England has long repressed the memory of its complicity in Atlantic world slavery, just as it has suppressed the stories of the region’s free and enslaved Black and Indigenous populations. These glaring omissions perpetuate historical harms. In plotting a course toward a more equitable future, we are going to need a better map.

ReMAPping New England (Memory + Art + Place) is a historical recovery project aimed at inscribing these effaced narratives both in the built environment and on a dynamic digital landscape in an effort to re-member our communities in all their diversity and radically shift public consciousness toward truth.

Indigo Arts Alliance connects Black and Brown artists from around the world with Maine’s artists of African descent through a multidisciplinary artist-in-residency program that embodies a Black-led approach to creativity, community-building, and mentoring.

Atlantic Black Box is a public history project that supports individuals and institutions in researching and reckoning with New England’s role in the Atlantic world slave economy.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

“Untold African American Stories”

A talk by Adelaide Solomon-Jordan

Hamilton Hall 2020 Americana Lecture

Sunday, November 15 at 6:00 pm

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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 will focus on three sisters in her own ancestral line: Cara, Nina Louise, and Mary Elizabeth Saunders. Through these women’s captivating life stories, she will highlight how our country was populated not only by people of African descent who came to America enslaved, but also those who freely immigrated.

The Saunders sisters emigrated from Bermuda to the US at the turn of the 20th century, and each woman married into a historically significant family. Connections to the American Revolution, abolitionism, business, education, and culture are part of their unique narratives. The three sisters’ married lives demonstrate the scope and depth of the African descent presence across the years of America’s existence.

About the Speaker

Ms. Solomon-Jordan, a Connecticut native, spent childhood summers in the Massachusetts Berkshires. She is the biographer of the lives of ordinary New Englanders of the 18th and 19th centuries. Currently residing in Western Maine, Ms. Jordan has a special interest in her maternal family which dates to the early 1700s in Western Massachusetts. She is an honorary member of the Dalton Historical Commission. Her research interest also includes her paternal ancestors of Grand Cayman, BWI.

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ABB Event: Remapping New England: Monuments, Markers, & Collective Memory

Bridgewater State University, Plymouth 400,
& the Wampanoag Advisory Council present:

Indigenous History Conference

Here it Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight

A Plymouth 400 Signature Event

Nine Virtual Sessions, free of charge
Oct. 3 – Nov. 22, 2020

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Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight, a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History Conference to inspire educators to learn about creation histories and traditional life; colonization and its aftermath; and the continued resilience and life of New England Natives today.

The virtual event, sponsored by Bridgewater State University, Plymouth 400 and the Wampanoag Advisory Council, is free of charge and offers nine weekend sessions during the months of October and November that will feature well-known experts and testimonials.

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Presented by the Upstander Project and Boston Athenaeum
in honor of Indigenous People’s Day

Emmy Award winning Dawnland
and Dear Georgina Online Film Screening
+ Live Filmmaker Q & A

October 12, 2020 | 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Free event
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For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

In DEAR GEORGINA a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.

Join filmmaker Adam Mazo, producer N. Bruce Duthu (Houma), film participant Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota), educator and linguist Roger Paul (Passamaquoddy), and Akomawt Educational Initiative founding member endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw) for a live Q & A after the films. This screening is a celebration of Indigenous People’s Day.

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Fruitlands Museum , The Trustees, & Upstander Project present

First Light and Dear Georgina
Online Film Screening + Live Filmmaker Q & A

September 30, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Free event
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Join the Emmy winning team behind DAWNLAND for a special digital screening of FIRST LIGHT and DEAR GEORGINA presented in partnership with Fruitlands Museum and The Trustees.

For centuries, the United States government has taken Native American children away from their tribes, devastating parents and denying children their traditions, culture, and identity. First Light documents these practices from the 1800s to today and tells the story of an unprecedented experiment in truth-telling and healing for Wabanaki people and child welfare workers in Maine. As revealed in FIRST LIGHT in 2015 the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded that Native people in Maine continue to be targets of “cultural genocide.”

In DEAR GEORGINA a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.

Join the filmmaker Adam Mazo, learning director Mishy Lesser, co-director of the Upstander Academy, and endawnis Spears (Diné, Ojibwe, Chickasaw, Choctaw), co-director of the Akomawt Educational Initiative for a discussion moderated by Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak/Yurumein) on historical and intergenerational trauma and the role educators and museums can fill in shifting the colonial narrative and centering on Indigenous perspectives.

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14th Annual Black New England Conference

Black Women Rock: Leading the Charge
for Social & Political Change

Presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

September 25 & 26, 2020 | Manchester, NH
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You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from some of our country’s most influential women as they share their stories and knowledge around Black female activism and social justice. 

Registration Fees:
Conference Fee, $50 per day 
Student Fee, $50  for the full 2-day conference
Friday Evening Keynote Address, Free to the Public

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Scholarships are available. Please inquire at or call 603-570-8469 for more information.

The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in the North

Presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.
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Although Massachusetts formally abolished slavery in 1783, the visible and invisible presence of slavery continued in the Commonwealth and throughout New England well into the 19th century. Taking as a starting point the new book To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes, this panel of experts will examine the role and impact of slavery in the North and discuss the influence of Agassiz and how Black abolitionists responded to scientific racism.


  • Kyera Singleton, PhD candidate in American culture, University of Michigan, and executive director, Royall House and Slave Quarters
  • Manisha Sinha, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut
  • John Stauffer, Sumner R. and Marshall S. Kates Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University


  • Tiya Miles, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and professor of history, Harvard University

Free and open to the public. To view this event online, individuals will need to register via Zoom

Cosponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.

Acts of Rebellion and Envisioning a New Society

The Royall House and Slave Quarters presents a conversation
with Dr. Vincent Brown and Dr. Timothy McCarthy

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
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The Royall House and Slave Quarters invites you to join a dynamic and exciting conversation between Drs. Vincent Brown and Timothy McCarthy about the role of protests and revolts in shaping Black resistance and freedom movements from slave rebellions in the 18th-century Atlantic world to the Black Lives Matter Movement today. This talk is co-sponsored by the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard.  

Vincent Brown is the Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He directs the History Design Studio and teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery in the Americas. Dr. Brown’s latest book, Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War, won the Phillis Wheatley Book Award. His award-winning first book was The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery.

Timothy Patrick McCarthy, an award-winning historian, educator, and human rights activist, has taught on Harvard’s faculty since 2005. Dr. McCarthy currently holds a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Education and John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is Core Faculty at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Dr. McCarthy is the author or editor of five books from the New Press, including Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism and the forthcoming Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in an Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love.      How to Participate: The first 100 registrants will be able to participate in this program via Zoom, but it will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page. And the program will be recorded and posted on our YouTube page

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ABB Director of Research Kate McMahon will present “Freedom’s Woods: The African American Community of Peterborough in Warren, Maine

for Maine Historical Society’s Maine at 200 Series

Monday, September 14, 2020 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm
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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 were intrinsically linked to the sea and the land. Their story of hardships and triumphs can help us understand how early Mainers of color lived, worked, and formed communities that were sites of resistance to enslavement and racism. At the same time Maine was becoming a state in 1820, the Peters family and their kin fought to grow their families, their community, and their freedom despite the racism that they and others like them faced. Join MHS for this important and interesting talk with Dr. Kate McMahon of the Smithsonian Institution.

About the speaker: Kate McMahon was born and raised in Maine. She attended the University of Southern Maine for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She completed her Ph.D. in History at Howard University in May 2017. Her dissertation, The Transnational Dimensions of Africans and African Americans in Northern New England, 1776–1865, explores the complexities of the shipbuilding economies of northern New England, their connections to the slave trade, and how Africans and African Americans resisted slavery, racism, and their afterlives.

This program is limited to 500 attendees. Register now!

Power, Privilege & Preservation: The History of African American Civil Rights in Newport, Rhode Island

Zoom lecture organized by Newport Mansions

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
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On the subject of Newport’s and Rhode Island’s African-American history, no one is more expert than Theresa Guzman Stokes and Keith Stokes. We are thrilled that they will be the guest speakers for our annual lecture in Honor of John G. Winslow on Thursday, August 27, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom video conference.

Their multimedia presentation – Power, Privilege & Preservation: The History of African American Civil Rights in Newport, Rhode Island – will include images of rare documents and photographs depicting African-American life in Newport dating back to the 18th century. But Keith and Theresa will also trace the struggle of African-Americans to achieve civil rights up to the present day, as well as current efforts to preserve relevant historic sites.

To register, send an email to or click here. Please include your full name and write “Winslow Lecture” in the subject line. You will be sent information on how to connect.

More information will be posted on our website,, under “Adult Programs.” And if you cannot attend, a video of the lecture will be available on our YouTube channel a few days after the live presentation.

A People’s (Virtual) Walking Tour of Portland

Lunch & Learn with Maine Conservation Voters

Friday, August 21, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
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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 Goldstein will start at the statue of George Cleeves on the waterfront and will walk us through the history of the First Peoples in the region; the French and Indian Wars and the virgin soil epidemics that killed many of the First Peoples; the African Diaspora and Maine’s maritime industry; and Portland’s role as a hub of the Underground Railroad. 

“For the Common Benefit of the Place”
Black Freedom in Early Boston

Wednesday, August 19th | 7:00 pm
Old North Digital Speaker Series
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Public historian and local author Alex Goldfeld will give an illustrated presentation on Boston’s African-American community in the 1600s. He will draw on his graduate research in The History of the Streets of Boston’s North End to speak about life for Boston’s earliest black residents. The audience will get glimpses of free Black Bostonians as well as efforts to control them by law throughout Massachusetts.

Witness Stones and Hard History Workshop

Monday & Tuesday, August 3 & 4, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Please join Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, of the ‘Teaching Hard History’ podcast, along with Dennis Culliton, Executive Director of the Witness Stones Project, for a virtual workshop/webinar; Witness Stones & Hard History, hosted by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

The workshop will provide participants with a solid foundation to begin the challenging, but necessary, work to help all teach and understand the role that slavery played in the development of our Northern communities, and how the legacy of slavery continues to shape the systemic racism we witness today.

State Representative Patricia Wilson Pheanious, vice-chair of the Witness Stones Project, will be the keynote speaker.

At Brown University

Slavery & Legacy Walking Tour

By the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Friday, March 6, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Meetup Location: Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle

Learn of the history and legacy of slavery at Brown University and the state of Rhode Island

In the eighteenth century slavery permeated every aspect of social and economic life in Rhode Island. The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice’s Slavery and Legacy walking tour invites guests to learn about the history and legacy of slavery as it pertains to Brown University and the state of Rhode Island. Major stops on this hour-long walking tour includes the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle, University Hall, the Slavery Memorial and the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice.

This event is free and open to the public. The tour will be limited however to the first 15 individuals who register for tickets.

At the royall house and slave quarters

The City-State of Boston:
The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
15 George Street, Medford, Mass. 02155

Yale historian Mark Peterson will speak about his new book, The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865.   “A daring reworking of the narrative of Boston that Americans have come to know and love, The City-State of Bostonmay discomfit those who cherish the story of Puritans, revolutionaries, and abolitionists as it has been told. But Mark Peterson’s rich and meticulously researched account will be indispensable reading for everyone interested in the history of North America.”—Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family      For this illustrated book talk, Professor Peterson’s remarks will be geared toward Boston’s history of and complicity with slavery, and the city’s connections to the Caribbean.     Mark Peterson is the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of History at Yale University, and author of The Price of Redemption: The Spiritual Economy of Puritan New England. Copies of The City-State of Boston will be available for purchase and signing at the event. 

At Cross mills public library

Illuminating History:
The Plantation Life of Southern Rhode Island

Cross Mills Public Library
4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, Rhode Island 02813

Please join us in March for our Illuminating History series, in which we will explore South County’s complicated and unspoken role in the African slave trade. These programs are made possible by a collaboration between the Charlestown Historical Society, Earthinform Studio, and the Cross’ Mills Public Library.

Thursday, March 5th, 6pm
A screening of the film Traces of the Trade, about the DeWolf family of Bristol and their history in the African slave trade.

Wednesday, March 11th, 6pm
The Economic Activities of the Narragansett Planters: Framing Slavery in the Ernest Hamlin Baker Mural, presented by Dr. Charlotte V Carrington-Farmer

Thursday, March 19th, 6pm
Fighting for Freedom: How Whites and Blacks Found Common Cause, presented by James Glickman

Wednesday, March 25th, 6pm
Slavery and Memory in the Making of New England History, presented by Joanne Pope Melish

At the royall house and slave quarters

The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues
to the Enslaved Man’s Life, Afterlife, and Community

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
15 George Street, Medford, Mass. 02155

Mark was an enslaved Charlestown blacksmith, husband, and father who was accused of petit treason after he and co-conspirators were discovered in the poisoning death of their enslaver John Codman. An enslaved man named Robin, bequeathed by Isaac Royall Sr. to his daughter Penelope Royall Vassall, supplied the poison that killed Captain Codman.     In 1755 Mark was tried and found guilty, hanged, and gibbeted.      Paul Revere mentioned the gruesome landmark “where Mark was hung in chains” in describing his midnight ride on April 18, 1775, twenty years later.       Poet and independent scholar Catherine Sasanov has spent years researching Mark and those around him, and will share her knowledge of the haunting details of Mark’s short life in this illustrated talk. 

At the Cape Ann Museum

Promises and Limits of the New Republic

A panel discussion and conversation exploring the concept of freedom in post-revolutionary America, followed by optional teacher professional development workshop

Saturday, February 29 | 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum | 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Promises and Limits of the New Republic: A Closer Look at African Americans on Cape Ann features scholars Joanne Pope Melish, Associate Professor of History Emerita at the University of Kentucky and author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780–1860; Kabria Baumgartner, Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, Durham and author of In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America; and Lise Breen, local historian and researcher on the history of slavery on Cape Ann. Bethany Jay, Associate Professor of History at Salem State University and co-editor of Understanding and Teaching American Slavery will moderate the discussion, addressing the broad context of freedom and race in the northern states after the American Revolution, with a lens on Essex County and Cape Ann.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited, reservations required. Reserve online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10.

Maine Calling Show

The Diseased Ship Talk Series

November 21-23, 2019 | National Race Amity Conference | Boston, MA
October 23, 2019 | University of Southern Maine | Portland, ME
October 19, 2019 | Saint Joan of Arc Church | Orleans, MA
September 30, 2019 | Maine College of Art | Portland, ME
August 7-8, 2019 | Holocaust & Human Rights Center | Augusta, ME
April 18, 2019  |  Orleans Men’s Club  |  Orleans, MA
February 23, 2019  |  SEA Education Association  |  Woods Hole, MA
November 13, 2018  |  Marstons Mills Historical Society  |  Marstons Mills, MA
August 23, 2018  |  Truro Highland House Museum  |  Truro, MA
June 27, 2018  |  Snow Public Library  |  Orleans, MA
May 19, 2018  |  Harwich Cultural Center  |  Harwich, MA
May 12, 2018  |  Sturgis Public Charter School West  |  Hyannis, MA
February 24, 2018  |  Falmouth Public Library  |  Falmouth, MA
February 11, 2018  |  First Parish Universalist Unitarian  |  Brewster, MA
February 10, 2018  |  Zion Union Heritage Museum  |  Hyannis, MA
November 28, 2017  |  Eastham Public Library  |  Eastham, MA
October 12, 2017  | Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice  |  Brown University
September 16, 2017  |  Brewster Historical Society  |  Brewster Ladies Library