MIDCOAST SENIOR COLLEGE - SUMMER WISDOM 2022
Free Weekly Lecture Series in June sponsored by Sunnybrook Senior Living Community
JUNE 15 from 1-2 p.m. TODAY'S TALK -- REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
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THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN MAINE
Presenter Mark Alan Leslie
Maine's connection to the Underground Railroad, which helped slaves escape to Canada prior to the Civil War, ran deep. Important centers and transit points existed in Portland, Brunswick, and Topsham. We will hear how this remarkable "railroad" facilitated many slaves' hazardous journey, and how Mainers from Kittery in the south to Fort Fairfield in the north risked heavy fines and jail time to violate the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Mark Alan Leslie is the author of 14 books, including True North: Tice's Story, a fictional (but based on fact) tale about the Underground Railroad in Maine and how it abetted one Kentucky slave's harrowing experiences.
Mark Alan Leslie, a Monmouth native, and current resident is a former editor of the Lewiston Sun and the founder, editor, and writer of a golf magazine. He is the author of fourteen books, including True North: Tice's Story, a fictional (but based on fact) tale about the Underground Railroad in Maine and how it abetted one Kentucky slave's harrowing experiences. True North earned Publishers Weekly Featured Book status; in addition, Mark has won six national magazine writing awards. His latest historical novel, A Cause Most Splendid: The Battle for the Bible, has been named Best Novel of the Year by the American Family Association. Mark has also written about the Ku Klux Klan, King David's music of the Psalms, Jewish emigration to Israel, and other fascinating topics. In 2022 he will make presentations in Monmouth, Manchester, Augusta, and Embden. Mark holds a degree in journalism from the University of Maine-Orono.
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