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Cotton Town: Maine’s Economic Connections to Slavery

This fall, Maine Maritime Museum and Bowdoin College’s Africana Studies Department are embarking on a new collaboration that will investigate the complexities inherent in an underrepresented aspect of Maine maritime history: the Atlantic slave trade. The project will culminate in a student-curated exhibit investigating Maine’s contribution to the trafficking of enslaved people through the 19th-century shipbuilding industry and the lives of Black mariners working and living within this chapter of US history. Students will utilize items from the museum’s collection to reevaluate traditional narratives and amplify the untold stories of Maine’s maritime past.

This project has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

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