For the final program in the Camden Public Library's "Maritime Month" series, Luke Gates-Milardo will present documents and artifacts from Maine Maritime Museum's collection to shed light on Maine's role in the Atlantic slave economy. This online program is free and open to the public.
Gates-Milardo is the Education and Community Engagement Specialist at Maine Maritime Museum. His talk will provide an overview of the Museum's collaboration with the Bowdoin College Africana Studies Department in curating the exhibit Cotton Town: Maines Economic Connections to Slavery. Gates-Milardo will discuss the research challenges involved in uncovering Maine's contribution to the trafficking of enslaved people, and will foster a conversation about why this and other underacknowledged histories matter for the world today.
About the presenter: Luke Gates-Milardo designs and delivers creative, experiential learning opportunities for museumgoers of all ages. He is particularly interested in using artifacts to emphasize historically underrepresented stories and perspectives, supporting students in reinterpreting their understanding of history through such critical lenses as environmentalism, social justice, and the arts.
Cotton Town: Maines Economic Connections to Slavery will remain on exhibit at Maine Maritime Museum until May 8, 2022. Learn more about this exhibit and other offerings from the Maine Maritime Museum by visiting their website: mainemaritimemuseum.org.
Maritime Month is generously supported by Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn.