The Lewiston-Auburn Community Historical Association (LCHA) provided an opportunity for community members to gain insight into Maine’s past of enslavement through a talk by Vana Carmona.
Carmona, an author and curator, discussed the history of slavery in the state and its impact on local residents. She pointed out that despite the popular belief that slavery was not prevalent in Maine, there were many enslaved individuals who were a part of the state’s history.
Carmona noted that the state’s involvement in the slave trade began in the early 1700s when Maine was a part of Massachusetts. She explained that while the number of enslaved individuals in Maine always remained low, there were instances of slavery in the state until the mid-1800s.
Carmona also discussed the ways in which slavery impacted Maine’s economy and the lives of the enslaved individuals. She explained that the enslaved individuals were often treated as commodities, and that they were an integral part of the state’s economic development.
The audience members also heard about the lives of some of the enslaved individuals. Carmona shared the stories of several individuals who had managed to escape enslavement or had been able to purchase their freedom.
At the end of the talk, Carmona encouraged the audience to think about how slavery still affects the state today. She suggested that it is important for people to understand the history of slavery in Maine in order to create a more equitable future.
The Lewiston-Auburn Community Historical Association’s talk, hosted by Vana Carmona, provided a valuable opportunity for members of the community to gain greater insight into Maine’s past of ensnarement and the ongoing legacy of its impact.