|Maine Freedom Trails, Inc
P.O. Box 342
Portland, maine 04112
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.
Portland Freedom Trail
P.O. Box 342
Portland, ME 04112
Rachel Talbot Ross
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.