The Diseased Ship: New England Sea Captains and the Slave Trade

Join TFL and the Commons at Central Hall for a World in Your Library program sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council. On Thursday, November 17 at 6 pm Meadow Dibble, of the Atlantic Black Box Project, will present “The Diseased Ship: New England Sea Captains and the Slave Trade.”

This dramatic story features a prominent Yankee sea captain, a tragedy on the high seas, a viral outbreak, a major political cover up, and a conspiracy of silence that has lasted two centuries surrounding New England’s involvement in the slave trade.

Following these historical threads into the present day allows us to consider the ways in which our region’s repressed history of complicity with the business of slavery relates to our current national conversations about race, privilege, identity, and access to the “American dream.”

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Sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council