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The monthly meetings of the Pembroke Historical Society will offer an array of programs that will enthrall lovers of local, state, and national history. In putting the roster together Stephen Sanfilippo, PHS program coordinator, sought to schedule outstanding presenters on a variety of topics, including historic photography, subsistence settlement, women’s history, the American Civil War, shore life, and maritime commerce and culture. Presentations, which include lecture, visuals, and discussion, start at or soon after 7:00 PM, following each month’s 6:30 PM business meeting, at the PHS museum, intersection of Front Street and Old County Road, Pembroke. Admission and refreshments are free, and donations to the PHS are welcome. Presentations are appropriate for adults, especially for educators and for those interested in Maine’s history, and for students, grades 5 through college.


Pembroke, Maine

ZOOM History Presentation

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – 6:30 PM Eastern

Working While Black”

Race, Labor, and Community in Black Bangor, 1880-1950

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The Pembroke Historical Society’s is honored to host a presentation by Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee for the first Zoom program of 2023 at 6:30 PM Eastern, on Wednesday, February 22nd. Professor Lee, an outstanding scholar in the field of African American History, will discuss the highly notable, though often overlooked history of Bangor, Maine’s Black community.

Reaching its peak in the late 1800s through World War Two, Bangor’s African Americans lived what is simultaneously a microcosm of America’s history, and a very special local history within Maine. Black Bangorians were descended from the areas early Black population, while many came North from the post-Civil War South, and others emigrated to Bangor from Canada. They established businesses, organized churches and social societies, attended Bangor’s racially integrated schools, entered the professions, performed in orchestras, served in the armed forces, and developed communities in several parts of the city. Never a large part of Bangor’s demographic, facing subtle and open discrimination, with a declining population, Black Bangor made and continues to make significant contributions to the life of a small city on the Maine frontier whose importance far exceeds its size.

Dr. Elgersman Lee, a native of Ontario Canada, has a long and deep academic record, with degrees in several disciplines from several universities, and as a researcher and professor at several universities. She is currently the Director of early African American Bray School project, a combined endeavor of The College of William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg de As Director of the Bray School Lab, Maureen Elgersman Lee guides research and collaboration with university has long and deep experience as a student. She served five years as Director of the Black History Museum, in Richmond, Virginia, is the Mellon Engagement Coordinator for African American Heritage, is editor Faculty Scholar for the African American Collection of the University of Southern Maine. She has had her works published in many leading journals and by leading academic publishers, including her award-winning Black Bangor: African Americans in a Maine Community, 1880-1950.

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