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Black History in Maine: The Stories and Contributions of Maine's Black Individuals and Communities


In marking Maine's bicentennial, Maine Calling will look more closely at different aspects of our state's history in the coming year. One such aspect is the history of black people living here in Maine, even from before the state's founding.

We'll learn how African Americans in Maine helped create settlements and lay the foundations for the future of the state in various ways, from social to economic to cultural.

We'll also hear about the struggles that black residents have faced along the way, as well as the roles that particular individuals played in shaping their communities.


Patricia Q. Wall, author, "Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery & Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine"

Bob Greene, advisor and contributor, "Maine's Visible Black History: The First Chronicle of ItsPeople"; teaches Maine's black history at USM's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

William David Barry (by phone), historian and writer, Maine Historical Society



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