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Bridgton Historical Society’s annual meeting

The public is invited to attend the Bridgton Historical Society’s annual meeting, which will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday, October 24, in the museum and archives building, located in the old fire station on Gibbs Avenue, just off Main Street.  Following a brief business meeting Jerry Genesio will present a program about his recently-published book, Portland Neck: The Hanging of Thomas Bird.

Thomas Bird, 40, an Englishman, was tried for murder and piracy in Portland’s First Parish meeting house.  Captain John Connor, master of the slave ship Mary, had been murdered and thrown over-board off the coast of Africa.  The Mary then sailed to the coast of Maine.  Bird was one of four crew members on board when the ship was captured by Portland’s Naval Officer.  Bird was found guilty and hung from a gallows at Bramhall Hill on June 25, 1790, although he swore in his dying statement that he was innocent.  This was the first death sentence handed down by a U.S. District Court judge under the authority of the United States Constitution.

In addition to the archives and museum in the former fire station on Gibbs Avenue in downtown Bridgton, the museum also owns Narramissic, the Peabody-Fitch Farm, located on Ingalls Road, off route 107 in South Bridgton.  For further information contact the Bridgton Historical Society at PO box 44, Bridgton, ME 04009, (207) 647-3699, visit http://www.bridgtonhistory.org/, or email info@bridgtonhistory.org.

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