Colonial mixed-race family is topic of talk Aug. 17

Aug 07, 2017
Courtesy of: Warren Historical Society The Peters family.

Thomaston — Sometime around 1782, Sarah Peters was taken from her home in Guinea on the west coast of Africa and delivered to the District of Maine as a slave on a ship owned by Capt. James McIntyre. Soon after, Massachusetts outlawed slavery, and somehow Sarah managed to hire a local attorney and successfully sue for her freedom. She married a man named Amos Peters, himself a mixed-race African-American and Native American Wampanoag, as well as a Revolutionary War veteran.

Together they raised a large, mixed-race family, and settled near South Pond, a good distance away from the central village of Warren. By the 1820s, they had their own school district, were part of the Baptist church, and had a good deal of land. Their descendants went on to establish one of Maine’s largest black communities in the state’s history.

Knox Museum and Thomaston and Warren historical societies will present Dr. Kate McMahon, a Washington, D.C., Howard University graduate, to fill in the missing details Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. in Watts Hall, 174 Main St. Admission is free, and all are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Knox Museum Collections Manager Matthew Hansbury at collections@knoxmuseum.org or 354-0885.

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