Blacks have lived and worked in Maine as early as the seventeenth century, but historically have constituted less than 1% of Maine's population. Probably for this reason, books on Blacks in New England have largely ignored the experience of African American Mainers. "Black Bangor" is the first major published study of a Black community in Maine. Topics in the book include not just migration patterns, work, and religious and cultural organizations, but also African American homes, furniture, clothing, and foodways. The book also explores race relations and depictions of Blacks in the local media.
By Maureen Elgersman Lee. Paperback, 177 pages.