The more things change, the more things stay the same.

Who’d a thunk it? Out-migration to Bangor, Maine?

Nearly all of Bangor’s black foreign immigrant population in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was from Canada — Fredericton, Kingsclear and Woodstock, New Brunswick, according to Maureen Elgersman Lee in her book “Black Bangor: African Americans in a Maine Community, 1880-1950,” the second volume on Maine’s African-Americans to appear in 2006.

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0 Responses to The more things change, the more things stay the same.

  1. nbt says:

    We used to go on an annual trip to Bangor for Basketball back in the day. From what I recall, there wasn’t one Afican-American on any of the teams we played for the ten years we made the trip.

    Which makes me wonder if the numbers were all that significant?

  2. mikel says:

    Careful NBT, your letting out too many clues:) I suspect they left Bangor for much the same reason as they left New Brunswick-an inhospitable climate, shall we say.

  3. richard says:

    I recall that Fredericton had (still has??) a well-hidden black community up off of St Marys street. Back in the 60s hardly any whites would even admit it was there, but it was a suburban ghetto nonetheless. Wonder if the climate was different from Bangor in more ways than one?