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Although the Maine State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights is concerned with the entire scope of civil rights responsibilities in the State, most of its attention in the last two and a half years has been focused on denial of equal opportunity in housing to Negroes. Investigation of this denial of equal opportunity culminated in two Open Meetings, the first in Portland, Maine on March 25, 1963, and the second in Bangor, Maine on April 27, 1964.

It is significant that Maine, geographically remote from the troubled South and temperamentally different from the large industrial centers in the North, should contain this problem. It is possible that many residents of this State, and of other States may be surprised to discover that denial of equal opportunity is not confined to any one section of the country but is to be found even in this New England State which is not traditionally regarded as a site of racial tensions. Unfortunately, the problem is not new in Maine. But it is only now that it has emerged as one that people in the State are recognizing, discussing, and trying to solve.

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United States Commission on Civil Rights. Maine Advisory Committee


Washington, DC


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Report on Maine: Denial of Equal Opportunity in Rental Housing and its Effect on Negroes in Portland and Bangor, Maine