The Era of Slavery in Southern Maine by Patricia Q. Wall
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:00 PM
Repeat program for those who missed the March 25 discussion
Because of much community interest, the Rice Public Library is again presenting historian and author, Patricia Q. Wall, to discuss the era of slavery in Southern Maine as revealed in her recently published book, Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery & Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine (Portsmouth Marine Society Press, Portsmouth, NH, 2017). She will share results of her nearly six years of intense research which banishes old myths of slavery’s rarity here and the belief that such practice was unimportant to old Kittery Parish, its spin-off town of Berwick, and a nearby parish area that is now the Town of Eliot.
Wall’s book reveals more than 200 slave owners and over 500 Africans and persons of mixed African, white, or Native American heritage enslaved in this area. Despite meagerness of local records on nearly all early Blacks, the author was able to piece together a few of their personal stories and will share them in her evening talk.
In 2018, Mrs. Wall was given special recognition by the Maine Historical Society for her contribution to this State’s history. At present, Lives of Consequence is the only book specifically on slavery in Maine. Formerly a long-time resident of Kittery Point, Maine, Mrs. Wall now lives in Exeter, NH. She is also the author of two historical novels: Child Out of Place (Fall Rose Books, 2004) and its sequel, Beyond Freedom (Fall Rose Books, 2010). Both are designed to introduce young people to New England’s early Black history. Over the years, Mrs. Wall has become a well-known public speaker and educator. To date, she has visited with over 11,000 school children and presented teachers’ seminars throughout New England on this vital chapter in American history.