All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Maine's Visible Black History

Maine's Visible Black History by Gerald E. Talbot, H.H. Price, and 35 contributing writers is due out May first. The companion website has been up for some time, and provides a useful introduction to the often-overlooked history of African Americans in Maine.

The book is published by Tilbury House of Gardiner, which offers this blurb:
Black men and women have been integral parts of Maine culture and society since the beginning of the colonial era. Indeed, Mainers of African descent served in every American conflict from the King Philip’s War to the present. However, the many contributions of blacks in shaping Maine and the nation have, for a number of reasons, gone largely unacknowledged. Maine’s Visible Black History now uncovers and reveals a rich and long-neglected strata of state history and proves a very real connection to regional and national events. Drawing on the excellent writing of contributors Herb Adams, William David Barry, Beverly Dodge Bowens, Stephen Ellis, Leigh Donaldson, Robert Greene, Douglas Hall, Charles L. Lumpkins, Reginald Pitts, Marcia Robinson, Geneva McAuley Sherrer, Helene Ertha Vann, and others, the project covers many facets of history including slavery in Maine (which lasted until 1783), work, religions, family, education, military service, community, social change, arts and science, sports, politics, law, civil rights, and the contributions of individual men and women. There are appendices, resources for students, and an index. The book's extraordinary illustrations document black life from Aroostook County to York County through the centuries. [Link]
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