Lecture: Black History of Maine

Berwick Academy: Dining Commons (31 Academy Street, South Berwick, ME 03908)

It is frequently said that Maine is the whitest state in America. Yet, Black people have a long history in the Pine Tree State. Bob Greene shares Maine’s Black history, from the earliest recorded Black person in Maine, who was in the state 12 years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. Maine’s first doctor may have been a Black man, and the nation’s first Black lawyer passed the bar and began practicing in Portland. Meet Maine’s Black builders, farmers, fishermen, ship captains, educators, and more.

Admission is free to members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. The lecture is open to the public, no registration is required. Masks are mandatory inside the building. The lecture will be recorded and posted to the society’s website. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2022 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or at www.oldberwick.org.

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