Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

A Past Exhibit

From Slavery to Maine

Exhibit Dates: April 4 - May 26, 2014

John Nichols, Lewiston, ca. 1873
John Nichols, Lewiston, ca. 1880

A number of former slaves, probably several hundred, settled in Maine during and after the Civil War. Some came through the auspices of Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, a native of Leeds and head of the Freedman's Bureau; some with individual soldiers, and others on their own. Letters, photographs, and newspaper articles tell the story of a few of the former slaves who came to Maine in the 1860s.

This show was viewed in the Shettleworth Lecture Hall at MHS, and was curated by Candace Kanes, Historian and Maine Memory Network Curator.