ABB Event | Making Visible the Invisible People in Maine’s History on 3/31/22

Next up in our What Happened Here Series, a talk by Maine historian Bob Greene Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET Register here You would think that a Black person would easily stand out in what is called one of the whitest states in the nation. … Continue reading ABB Event | Making Visible the Invisible People in Maine’s History on 3/31/22

A Presidential Pardon

By Bill Grabin Just History: Uncovering an Inclusive Story of the People of the Kennebunk Region On March 20, 1830, the following statement came forth from the White House: “Whereas it has been represented to me that the American Brig Volant … belonging to Adam Stone and Asa Fairfield, citizens of the United States residing … Continue reading A Presidential Pardon

Events | Black History of Maine with Bob Greene, online 1/25/22 and in-person 1/27/22

Bob Greene, 2021 recipient of the Maine Historical Society’s Neal Allen Award, will be presenting two talks this week—one virtual for Maine's Lewiston Public Library and the other in person at Rockland Public Library. Hosted by the Lewiston Public Library Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 5:30 PM Register here for virtual talk Did you know that … Continue reading Events | Black History of Maine with Bob Greene, online 1/25/22 and in-person 1/27/22

Event tonight | Atlantic Black Box: Collectively Rewriting the Story of New England @ 6:30 pm

Hosted by Freeport Historical Society Thu, Dec 2, 2021, 6:30 PM EST Register here Meadow Dibble, PhD, will share how communities across New England are actively recovering the suppressed history of region's deep investment in the Atlantic world economy of enslavement New England has long repressed the memory of its complicity in Atlantic world slavery, … Continue reading Event tonight | Atlantic Black Box: Collectively Rewriting the Story of New England @ 6:30 pm

CCI/ABB Event | Anti-Racism Organizing in Maine on 10/16

It's happening! A day-long virtual gathering to deepen local, anti-racist organizing and action in Maine. Co-hosted by Community Change Inc. and Atlantic Black Box Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00AM — 4:30PM Eastern Time Register here shining a light on Maine & New England's role in the slave trade and the global economy of enslavement witnessing … Continue reading CCI/ABB Event | Anti-Racism Organizing in Maine on 10/16

Event | Dawnland Film and Discussion 10/11

Indigenous People’s Day October 11, 2021 at 6:00 PM Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with a few of the women who created Wabanaki REACH and the historic Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The documentary film about their work, Dawnland, will be available to view online prior to the panel discussion.  Dawnland is a … Continue reading Event | Dawnland Film and Discussion 10/11

ABB Event | A People’s History of Portland, Guided Tour

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance A guided tour highlighting the stories of Portland's historically marginalized communities Register here Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance invite you to engage with memory, art, and place through the latest offering in our ReMapping New England series. Taking inspiration from Howard Zinn's A People's … Continue reading ABB Event | A People’s History of Portland, Guided Tour

ABB & IAA Event | Juneteenth! Celebrating Portland’s African Heritage and Creative Resistance

A Guided Tour of Portland’s African Heritage & Woodblock Printing Workshop Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance invite you to engage with memory, art, and place through the latest offering in our ReMapping New England series: Portland’s African Heritage Tour and Block Printing Workshop. In celebration of Juneteenth, participants will be guided on a … Continue reading ABB & IAA Event | Juneteenth! Celebrating Portland’s African Heritage and Creative Resistance

ABB & IAA Event | Juneteenth! Celebrating Portland’s African Heritage and Creative Resistance

A Guided Tour of Portland’s African Heritage & Woodblock Printing Workshop Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance invite you to engage with memory, art, and place through the latest offering in our ReMapping New England series: Portland’s African Heritage Tour and Block Printing Workshop. In celebration of Juneteenth, participants will be guided on a … Continue reading ABB & IAA Event | Juneteenth! Celebrating Portland’s African Heritage and Creative Resistance

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: 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

Event: Mapping African American History in Maine on 2/17/21

a virtual panel discussion Presented by the University of Southern Maine African American Collection of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine Wednesday, February 17, 20215:30 PM 6:30 Register here Mapping Maine; Digitizing and Charting Sites Connected to Maine’s Black History, presenter: Anastasia Azenaro-Moore. Anastasia Azenaro-Moore has worked in historic preservation since graduating with … Continue reading Event: Mapping African American History in Maine on 2/17/21

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”

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: Freedom’s Woods: The African American Community of Peterborough in Warren, Maine

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

Event: A People’s (Virtual) Walking Tour of Portland

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