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African Americans

were in Maine at least as early as 1736 when a church in York purchased a slave for its minister. John Brown Russwurm was Bowdoin College‘s first black graduate, in 1826. The third black to graduate from an American college, … Continue reading

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Healy, James Augustine

(1830-1900) was the first African American bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and the first black American ordained a priest in that religion. Born in Georgia, Healy’s father was a white plantation owner and his mother, a black slave. Sent … Continue reading

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July 1

Schooner on Penobscot Bay (July 2007)

July 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1896 Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s … Continue reading

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Ku Klux Klan

Klan Members Pose in their Robes (courtesy Dennis McLaughlin)

was active in Maine during the 1920’s. Worried that foreign culture, religion, and politics would contaminate Anglo-American society, some Maine people did not want the new immigrants in the state and joined a rejuvenated Ku Klux Klan. The Klan had … Continue reading

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Percent African American by County

African Americans by County 2010

The proportion of Black or African Americans reported living in Maine by the U.S. Census more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, from .5% to 1.2%.  The total number in 2010 was nearly 16,000. Significantly affected by an influx of … Continue reading

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Portland Historic Register

Abyssinian Meeting House (2015)

The City of Portland has over eighty places and historic districts on the National Register, including Eastern Promenade, Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Gorges, Longfellow Monument, Portland City Hall, Portland Observatory, Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Westbrook College Historic District, and Western Promenade Continue reading

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Slavery

while an accepted custom in the colonies, it was practiced in Maine as early as 1733 when the parish at York (then Agamenticus) “VOTED that there be a Slave Bought for the Parish to be Employed for the use of … Continue reading

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