Series 1: Family - Quotes



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Welcome to the “We Exist” exhibit. In this section, we have selected quotes that represent and explain how Black residents in Maine view their family life. The quotes are taken from transcripts of the oral history project “’The Home Is Where I Make It’: African American Community and Activism in Greater Portland, Maine”. The interview subjects are all native to Maine or are longtime residents of Maine. The original intent of the “Home Is Where I Make It” project was to highlight Black residents’ history and struggle for community in southern Maine in both their formal organizational memberships and day-to-day activities. The interviews, however, unearthed a wealth of rich data related to family forms and functions and provided insight into how Black residents in Maine conceptualize various aspects of family.

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