Maine Historical Society

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Past Programs

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.