New exhibition, old sites tell Maine’s Black history

Detail of a Portland Freedom Trail marker at 53 India St., where Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas lived and provided a safe house for fugitive slaves and provided housing for notable abolitionists. The home was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1866. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer Buy this Photo

Three months before racial-justice protesters filled the streets of Portland, the Maine Historical Society prepared an exhibition about statehood with a large section about the Black experience in…

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