LiBrizzi to Speak at Downeast History Symposium Oct. 17

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MACHIAS, ME – University of Maine at Machias English professor Marcus LiBrizzi will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Downeast History Symposium on Saturday, October 17. The symposium takes place at the Holy Name Parish Hall, on Broadway in Machias, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

LiBrizzi, who will be speaking from 2:10 - 3:00 p.m., will present findings from his new book, Lost Atusville: A Black Settlement from the American Revolution. According to Amazon, the book uncovers "the story of a black settlement known as Atusville near Machias, Maine. The author explores the folklore surrounding the community using documentary and oral history sources. The result is the recovery of a number of remarkable tales involving the participation of slaves in the American Revolution, the outbreak of racial violence, rumors of the Underground Railroad, and encounters with the apparitions of the dead."

The Downeast History Symposium is an annual event organized by the Machias Historical Society. Admission to the symposium is free. More information can be found at




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