“The Place Justice Initiative: A Statewide Truth-seeking and Historical Recovery Initiative of the Permanent Commission”
A talk via Zoom by Meadow Dibble and Erika Arthur of Maine’s Place Justice Project. Pre-registration is required. Register at castinehistoricalsociety.org or call 207-326-4118.
Who gets memorialized through place names, statues, and historical markers is a strong indicator of a society’s values and its dominant sense of collective identity. The Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations has launched a Place Justice Project that seeks to engage Wabanaki and Maine communities in examining a wide range of commemorative practices to better understand and respond to the ways in which racialized and Indigenous populations are represented in or absent from the narratives inscribed on our natural and built environment. Whose memory is visible and celebrated, and whose has been erased or misrepresented? How do the politics and practices of public remembrance and forgetting continue to impact our communities today?
Meadow Dibble, Ph.D. works for the Place Justice Project of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations established by the Maine Legislature. She is also a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She received her Ph.D. from Brown’s Department of French and taught Francophone African literature at Colby College from 2005–08. Originally from Cape Cod, Meadow lived for six years on Senegal’s Cape Verde peninsula prior to pursuing her graduate studies, where she published a cultural magazine and coordinated foreign study programs. In 2016, she experienced a brutal awakening to the reality of her hometown’s deep investment in the global slave economy. In the years since, Meadow has been assiduously researching complicity among Cape Cod’s sea captains while developing The Atlantic Black Box Project.
Erika Arthur works in both the Justice Policy and Children, Youth, & Families program areas at the Catherine Cutler Institute. She has been staff on the Violence Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI) and the Child Welfare Cooperative Project, and most recently with the Truth-seeking Project of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations established by the Maine Legislature.
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm