Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Maine: The Malaga Island story, this Friday

Readers of The Lobster Coast may recall the story of Malaga Island, whose African-American residents were evicted -- and imprisoned at a state mental health facility -- by the State of Maine to make way for tasteful summer resort in 1912.

My Salt Institute colleagues Rob Rosenthal and Kate Philbrick have just completed a radio/photography documentary project on the Malaga story, and it opens in Portland, Maine on Friday (6 to 9pm), complete with historical artifacts and a guest panel discussion. The radio portion of Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold will be broadcast on local alternative station WMPG on February 26 at 7:30.

[Update, 7/16/2010: I report on some new developments in the Malaga story.]
[Update, 9/14/2010: The governor apologizes to descendants for his predecessors' actions.]


  1. When you say good, do you mean it's good the story is being told, because it's been kind of uncommon knowledge for a while, or that the story itself is good?