Keywords: Religious persecution
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Contributed by: Jan Pieter Van Voorst Van Beest through Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 2017
Media: Digital photograph
Title: John Bapst, Bangor, ca. 1860
Contributed by: John Bapst Memorial High School
Date: circa 1860
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Ink on paper
Father John Bapst, a Jesuit, knew little of America or Maine when he arrived in Old Town in 1853 from Switzerland. He built churches and defended Roman Catholics against Know-Nothing activists, who tarred and feathered the priest in Ellsworth in 1854.
Immigration is one of the most contentious topics of debate in Maine. Controversy aside, immigration is also America's oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. Since the first people—the Wabanaki—permitted Europeans to settle in the land now known as Maine, we have been a state of immigrants.
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by Parivash Rohani
My journey from Iran to Maine