The Length and Breadth of a Troublesome Word in Maine

Year 2011

Creator Matthew Kielty


Story type Radio

Town Palmyra

County Somerset


As the first black representative in Maine, Jerry Talbot drafted the Names and Places bill, which would outlaw the use of the "n-word" from maps of Maine, which passed in 1977. Matthew Kielty documents how when the change took place in Maine, the town of Palmyra was the only location that did not apply the name changes until the late 90's.

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