7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Photo credit: John Carter Brown Library

 Perched on the edge of the English Atlantic empire, colonial New England’s people and economy were intertwined with the wider English Caribbean world. At the center of it all were the enslaved people—Africans and Indians—who worked in thousands of English homes and farms.

On Thursday, September 28 at 7:30pm, Dr. Linford Fisher will explore the realities of early slavery, the conflicts between diverse cultures, and the connections between New England and a wider Atlantic world of trade, culture, and commerce. Old Berwick Historical Society will host his lecture, “Stranger Danger: Indians, Africans, English, and the World of Atlantic Slavery,” held at the Berwick Academy Arts Center in South Berwick. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.

“We want to bring a fresh perspective to conversations about cultural divides by exploring the diversity, as well as the adversity, that characterized this region four centuries ago,” said Nina Maurer, consulting curator for OBHS. “Dr. Fisher’s talk lays the groundwork for understanding the role of early New England merchants in the Caribbean slave trade and the social, economic, and human impact of that trade.

Linford Fisher is an associate professor of history professor at Brown University, specializing in the cultural and religious history of colonial America and the Atlantic world, including Native Americans, religion, material culture, and Indian and African slavery and servitude. He is the author or co-author of two books and over a dozen articles and book chapters, and he is currently writing a book on the history of Native American and African enslavement in the English Atlantic world.

OBHS’s 2017 lecture series coincides with the Counting House Museum exhibit Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua, about eight diverse characters who competed for control of their destiny in this region 400 years ago.

Complimenting this lecture is a history Hhike at York Pond area, South Berwick, on October 14, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eliot Historical Society president Rosanne Adams will relate the story of Black Will, his rise from slave to landed farmer in 1700, and shifting attitudes toward race in early York County. This program is presented through a partnership of Old Berwick Historical Society and Great Works Regional Land Trust. Space is limited to 20 people and reservations are required. Call GWRLT at 207-646-3604 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, hike status, and weather updates.

Old Berwick Historical Society lectures and hikes are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings. More information is available at www.oldberwick.org.


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