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A Convenient Soldier: The Black Guards of Maine - A Talk with Asata Radcliffe

Recorded on December 3, 2020

The Black Guards were African American army soldiers sent to guard the railways of Maine from terrorist attacks during WWII, from 1941-1945. Artist Asata Radcliffe, guest curator of A Convenient Soldier: The Black Guards of Maine, joined MHS to discuss the exhibit and this important but little-known chapter of Maine history. The exhibit looks at the day-to-day lives of these loyal citizen-soldiers who stood watch during a time of a racially segregated country and military.

View the online version of A Convenient Soldier.