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TALBOT & Maine Black History
Gerald E. Talbot spent decades chasing the stories of his own family and other blacks in Maine. Sometimes it felt like grasping at thin air.
History books ignored or vilified blacks, news articles rarely mentioned them and local histories often included single lines about runaway slaves, usually without printing their names.
While oral history and the occasional scholar remembered prominent soldiers, inventors, mariners and women's rights leaders, their presence in Maine was largely overlooked or erased, Talbot said. That gap prompted Talbot and writer H.H. Price to collaborate on "Maine's Visible Black History: The First Chronicle of its People," a 448-page book released a few weeks ago.
"Before this book, there wasn't a gap, there was robbery," said Talbot, an eighth-generation Mainer. "Now everybody across the United States can read about our place in history."
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