Wednesday, August 02, 2006

‘Maine’s Visible Black History’ Published
The Maine Historical Society will hold a reception on August 10th to celebrate the publication of Maine’s Visible Black History: The First Chronicle of its People (Tilbury House, 2006).

The important new book creates a mosaic of Maine history as shaped and experienced by its black citizens: from slavery to the underground railroad, the arts, science, law, politics, civil rights, education, religion, military, sports and more. The book includes the stories of Cape Verde fishermen who chased cod along our shores, early black settlers, seafarers, ministers, and many other black Mainers.

The reception will include readings from the book, and a book signing. The book was written by H.H. Price and Gerald E. Talbot.

Price, who led research that established Maine’s role in the underground railroad, is a writer with a background in civil rights and African-American history.

Talbot, an eighth-generation Mainer, historian, civil rights leader, and the first black to be elected to Maine’s State Legislature (1972-78), has been researching and educating Maine people about black history since the early 1970’s.

The reception is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, on Thursday, August 10th, at 7 PM.


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