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Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
Date: circa 1894
Media: photographic print
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Location: North Fairfield; Paris
Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Colby College Special Collections
Media: ink on paper
Mainers, like residents of other states, had differing views about slavery and abolition in the early to mid decades of the 19th century. Religion and economic factors were among the considerations in determining people's leanings.
Reuben Ruby of Portland operated a hack in the city, using his work to earn a living and to help carry out his activist interests, especially abolition and the Underground Railroad.
Maine's black population has never been large, but blacks have lived and worked in communities large and small throughout the state since early colonial days.