Author Patricia Q. Wall will be our guest speaker. Pat will talk about her recently released book entitled Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery & Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine. In this ground-breaking new work a new and previously unrecorded presence of a people is documented. Through what she terms “scattered bits” of information gleaned from public and private documents, during her five years of research, the lives of enslaved peoples and the contributions that they made to the early development of our towns is brought to light and she exposes the myth that slavery was a “southern thing” with only a few slaves and a few slave owners in our area. Here are documented the presence of 500 enslaved peoples and their white owners living in the towns of Kittery, Eliot, and the Berwicks during the 17th and 18th century. The book is published by the Portsmouth Marine Society. Books will be available for purchase. Free and refreshments will be served.