"The Meeting House" by Daniel Minter, 2020


Artist Daniel Minter highlights African American history, the Underground Railroad, and the abolitionist movement in New England, particularly through images of the Abyssinian Meeting House in Portland, since his move to Maine in the early 2000s.

This artist print relief print titled "The Meeting House" shows the Abyssinian Meeting House much as it appears in 2021, undergoing an extensive renovation to preserve the original character and intention of the building.

The Abyssinian Religious Society was formed after African American parishioners of the Second Congregational Church in Portland refused to be segregated on balcony seating, and experienced animosity by White members who discouraged their attendance. The Meeting House, located at the corner of Mountfort and Newbury streets, was a stop on the Underground Railroad and operated until 1916.

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