Portland's Historic Eastern Cemetery – A Field of Ancient Graves

Portland's Historic Eastern Cemetery
160 Pages
ISBN 978-1-62585-996-9

From the cover: Eastern Cemetery holds more than 350 years of Portland's rich history. Within the sacred burial ground rest settlers who struggled with the natives over resources, citizens who had to choose their allegiance to the king or independence, and abolitionists fighting for the end of slavery. From bank robbers and murdering mutineers to Quakers and war heroes, the lives of those interred offer a window into the past.

Additional info: The lives of ordinary people whose journeys ended at Eastern Cemetery are intertwined with the story of the evolution of the historic landscape from 1668 to the present day. Chapters on Quakers, Catholics, African Americans, and Strangers show how these minorities were segregated from the majority, even in death. Other chapters focus on the cemetery's "Dead House" and receiving tomb, the five men who were hanged for murder, the town's first gravestone-cutter, and more.

Ron Romano

About Ron Romano (Portland, Maine Author)

Ron Romano

A native of Portland Maine, Ron serves on the board of Spirits Alive—the Friends of Portland’s Eastern Cemetery—leading their walking tours program, participating in stone conservation and researching gravestones and their makers at the historic burial ground. Ron is a frequent lecturer on the early stonecutters of southern Maine and has guided groups through many historic cemeteries in the area. His original research on the life and work of stonecutter Bartlett Adams led to the publication of his first book in 2016. His second book about Portland’s oldest burial ground, Eastern Cemetery, was published in 2017.

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