Join us in the downstairs Lane Room on Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30 PM to hear local historian Patricia Q. Wall present intriguing new information regarding the lives of enslaved Blacks (i.e. Africans, Indians, and people of mixed African, white and/or Indian heritage) in farming communities and small towns of New England. Drawing upon findings in her recently published book, Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine. (Portsmouth Marine Society Press, 2017), Mrs. Wall not only banishes the old myth of colonial slavery’s scarcity and significance in that Maine region, she suggests that similar findings are likely still waiting to be discovered in many other New England farming and rural communities.
Mrs. Wall, now a resident of Exeter, NH, has been involved for more than forty years in educating the public about colonial American history through writing and professional and volunteer museum work as well as programs for teachers and visits with thousands of grade school students. She is also the author of two historical novels designed to introduce young people to New England’s early Black history.