Abyssinian Meeting House

Ed Morin / Maine Public/file

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine nonprofit is working to restore a historic African-American church building ahead of its 200th anniversary.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Abyssinian Meeting House in Portland is the third-oldest church building in the U.S. built by a black congregation. The building dates back to 1828 and it saw visitors such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.

Black History in Maine

Feb 22, 2018
Frederick Thompson

Maine is known for having a predominantly white population, but there is also a rich history of African American residents of our state. As part of Black History Month, we'll learn about the role that African Americans have had in shaping Maine, and how efforts continue to educate people about that history.

Guests:  Kate McBrien, Director of Public Engagement / Chief Curator, Maine Historical Society

Pam Cummings, President of the Board of Directors and Director of Education, Abyssinian Meeting House

Leroy Rowe, Assistant Professor of African American History and Politics, University of Southern Maine