Friday, November 03, 2006

Freedom Trail to Open in East End
The Installation Ceremony and Campaign Kick-Off for the Portland Freedom Trail as the first permanent marker is in honor of Portland's Abolitionistswill be unveiled Thursday, November 9th, 12:00 noon at the Eastern Cemetery at the corner of Congress and Mountfort Streets, with an introduction by Mayor James I. Cohen.

The Portland Freedom Trail Project is an effort to:

• Designate an official “freedom” walking trail by marking significant sites connected to the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement with permanent granite pedestals throughout the Portland peninsula.

• Connect Portland’s trail to national routes and related efforts with an emphasis on linking the route from New Hampshire to Canada.

• Concretely add Maine’s participation in the abolitionist movement to the historical record.

• Contribute/develop educational materials, enhance public awareness, and promote an appreciation of the many struggles for freedom in this country and around the world--past and present.

For more information call (207) 874-8689.


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