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"Dedicated to the countless thousands of men and women who fled the bonds of slavery but were recaptured or died at the hands of their pursuers before they reached the safe embrace of the Underground Railroad.  They are not forgotten."


Maine Freedom Trails, Inc
P.O. Box 342
Portland, maine 04112
(207) 591-9980

Portland Freedom Trail

The Portland Freedom Trail is public and easily accesable.

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Friends Meeting House
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MARKER LOCATIONS


1. Franklin Street Wharf
Casco Bay Lines
2. Barber Shop of Jacob C. Dickson
243 Fore Street
3. Hack Stand of Charles H. L. Pierre
29 Middle Street
4. Abyssinian Meeting House
73 Newbury Street
5. Home of Charles  Frederick, Harriet Stephenson Eastman, and Alexander Stephenson
Corner of Mountfort and Newbury Streets
6. Eastern Cemetery
Corner of Congress and Mountfort Streets
7. Home of Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas
Corner of India and Congress Streets
8. Home of General Samuel C. Fessenden
31 India Street
9. Friends (Quaker) Meeting House
Lincoln Park corner of Federal and Pearl Streets
10. Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby
Corner of Federal and Temple Streets
11. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church    
425 Congress Street

12. Secondhand Clothing Store of Lloyd Scott
44 Exchange Street
Mariners' Church 13. Mariners' Church
Corner of Fore and  Market Streets






The trail, currently comprised of sixteen marked sites, recognizes people associated with the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement in Portland.

Corner of Fore and Union Streets
ThurstonFormer home of Deacon Brown Thurston, which served as an Underground Railroad station and safe house for freedom seekers, Deacon Thurston was an anti-slavery activist. 

Corner of Congress and North Streets
EastmanOne of the barbershops owned by Charles Frederick Eastman, an African American entrepreneur and anti-slavery activist. 

Corner of Hancock and Federal Streets
Amos Noe FreemanFormer home of the Rev. Amos Noe Freeman, first called Reverend of the Abyssinian Church, and Christiana Williams Freeman, anti-slavery activists and station masters on the Underground Railroad. 
 






MAINE FREEDOM TRAILS, INC.

The City of Portland officially proclaimed the establishment of the Portland Freedom Trail on November 9, 2006 with the installation of a granite and bronze marker at the Eastern Cemetery.  The cemetery was chosen as the first site to be unveiled on the trail in honor of the final resting place of many of Portland’s abolitionist leaders. 

The marker is one of sixteen that will constitute a permanent walking trail highlighting the people, places, events and daily life associated with the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement in Portland. 

The trail represents the first project of the Maine Freedom Trails, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to:

Establishing a network of marked sites across the state that acknowledge individual, organizational and community participation in the Underground Railroad and abolitionist movement;

Linking the state’s network of sites to national Underground Railroad routes and the related activities of the National Park Service;

Producing materials related to this period of Maine’s history;

Engaging the community in the ongoing research, identification and documentation of the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement in Maine to best interpret, commemorate and preserve this legacy;

Advancing the public discourse on the many struggles for social justice, economic justice and human rights – past and present – thereby connecting the history of the Underground Railroad to global movements for freedom; and

Collaborating with other efforts to preserve Maine’s African American history and culture;

Plans are to officially dedicate the Portland Freedom Trail on July 14, 2007 at a ceremony in Lincoln Park, Portland.  For more information, please call 591-9980



www.portlandfreedomtrail.org

Portland Freedom Trail
P.O. Box 342
Portland, ME 04112
(207) 591-9980
info@portlandfreedomtrail.org


PROJECT DIRECTORS:

Daniel Minter
Rachel Talbot Ross
Wells Staley-Mays
Dawud Ummah


ADVISORY BOARD:

William Barry,
Maine Historical Society

Bishop Steve Coleman,
Williams Temple C.O.G.I.C

Barbara Coswell,
Allen Ave. Unitarian Universalist Church

Delene Perley,
Allen Ave. Unitarian Universalist Church

Nan Cumming,
Portland Trails

Valerie Cunningham,
Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail

Rev. Kenneth Lewis,
Green Memorial AME Zion Church

Rev. Jeff McIlwain,
North Star AME Zion Church

June McKenzie,
NAACP Portland Branch   

Robert Quartano,
Neal Dow House


CO-CHAIRS
Governor John Baldacci
Victoria Rowell
HONORARY CHAIRS
U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe
U.S. Congressman Tom Allen
Mayor Nicholas M. Mavadones, Jr.
Ashley Bryan
James Oliver Horton
Gerald Talbot








Possible sites
Current research indicates there are possibly seventy-five  Underground Railroad sites throughout Maine. In Portland, several well-documented Underground Railroad and anti-slavery sites not only tell the history of the abolitionist movement but also articulate the African American educational, religious, cultural, and social experience.





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