Portland Maine preserves the African-built Abyssinian church on the Black Heritage Trail, Portland.


There is something for everyone who visits the city of Portland, Maine.. We went in during July under pandemic restrictions. Portland’s tourism industry is a big one. But, when the cruise ships are shut down sidewalks are easy to walk without bumping into somebody. Ships would normally be dropping off 5,000 to 10,000 people a week onto the cobblestone streets in Old Port. You should book an Old Port hotel and take advantage of their resort-like amenities. The Marriot Harborside is the one to beat. This Old Port resort hotel faces the harbor and its working fishing pier on a long avenue where hip, urban professional restaurants, shops and the residential being taken over by joggers and sophisticated Portland townies..

75 Newbury Street and Hancock
on route to the Black Heritage Trail of Portland Maine

A 20-minute walk from the Old Port district is Newbury street where the historic African American church built in the 17th century is holding up. That’s the area with the documented Portland African American Heritage Trail with the Jewish Museum and book store of Portland Me.

These two photos are samples of the a lot of sites about old Black culture in Portland Maine. There are stories ….

One of the Freedom Trail markers on the Portland Maine Black Heritage Trail
on the Portland African American Freedom Trail