Most People Don’t Know That This House In Maine Was An Important Part Of The Underground Railroad
Most people know that Maine has deep roots. From Native American people to the settlers that came later, the state has many stories to tell. But, one piece of history that’s particularly important is that of Maine’s role in the Underground Railroad, which is often overlooked. The state has access to both rail and sea, making it a northern hub of the Underground Railroad in Maine. Activists in Portland worked to provide safe houses and hiding places for slaves, eventually helping them escape to England or Canada.
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While we all need to work to educate ourselves and others about the African American history in Portland, it’s inspiring to see so many people coming together to work on this particular part of that incredible history.
The story of Malaga Island is another must-read for those who want to understand some of Maine’s difficult history.
Michelle has lived in many places, but counts Maine as one of the best. In addition to the smell of ocean water in the air on rainy days in Portland, she loves puppies, photography, funny people, the Maine Red Claws, traveling, fresh tomatoes, Cambodia and filling out forms. For questions, comments and inquiries please email: [email protected]
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