Some correspondence of Russwurm; together with letters from wife, Sarah (McGill) Russwurm, sons, George and Francis Russwurm, and Dr. James Hall, who was acting governor in Liberia and also a Bowdoin graduate. Places represented include Yarmouth, Me., Baltimore, Md., and Cape Palmas, Liberia.
The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the Maine Historical Society, Portland, Me.
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Born in Jamaica to white merchant father and unknown black slave; in 1812 father and son moved to Portland, Me. Father remarried and John Russwurm attended Hebron Academy and Bowdoin College (first black man to graduate) ; after graduation in 1826 moved to New York City where became co-editor and publisher of Freedom's Journal; in 1829 moved to Liberia and worked as secretary for American Colonization Society, then as editor of Liberia Herald. Later became superintendent of education and the first black governor of the state of Maryland in Liberia. In 1850 he returned to Maine with his two sons, George and Francis, for a visit with step-mother, Sarah Hawes and sons became students at North Yarmouth Academy.
Materials in English.
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