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Robert Shetterly on his series of admirable Americans

At a ceremony scheduled for noon on Friday, Brooksville painter Robert Shetterly will unveil a portrait of former Maine legislator and civil-rights leader Gerald Talbot in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library.
Painting the truth
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 07, 2011

A memoir, a tour, and a state coming to grips with slavery

The latest turn in Rhode Island's complicated dialogue with its slaveholding past: a yearlong project encouraging locals to read a memoir by the son of a freed slave.
History Dept.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2010

Black like him?

Whatever your race — and whatever you think of his résumé, or his politics, or his yen for tax-cheating cabinet nominees — Barack Obama's arrival in the Oval Office is something to celebrate.
Obama is, apparently, our first African-American president. But is that the identity he touted as a candidate?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 11, 2009

He’s not like us

While I’m still celebrating the election results — and don’t plan to stop until just before Thanksgiving — there is one sobering thing.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 12, 2008

Radical chic

“The gallery system relies on supply and demand, and I created a demand for my work by doing street art.”  
Shepard Fairey posters Harvard Square
By GREG COOK  |  October 27, 2008

Introduced 30 years on

I am an indirect recipient of the legacy of Spindleworks.
Reflections on Spindleworks in Brunswick
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 02, 2008


History rocks

“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 15, 2008