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Freedom's Woods: The African American Community of Peterborough in Warren, Maine - a talk with Dr. Kate McMahon

Recorded September 14, 2020 - Dr. Kate McMahon shares the story of Sarah and Amos Peters who came to Warren, Maine in the early 1780s and established a large community of African American, Native American, and mixed-race people. The people of Peterborough's lives were intrinsically linked to the sea and the land. Their story of hardships and triumphs can help us understand how early Mainers of color lived, worked, and formed communities that were sites of resistance to enslavement and racism. At the same time Maine was becoming a state in 1820, the Peters family and their kin fought to grow their families, their community, and their freedom despite the racism that they and others like them faced. Dr. McMahon is joined in her discussion by Thomas Zeigler, a descendant of Amos and Sarah Peters who shares some of his research into his family's history.