NYHS Special dinner and presentation, May 17, 2014

posted Apr 23, 2014, 5:20 AM by Tammy Tarling
Contact: NYHS, 846-4379 OR nyhs@maine.rr.com

On Saturday, May 17 North Yarmouth Historical Society will present "At War in New England: the 366th Infantry Regiment."

The event will take place at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth.

A chicken pie supper will be served at 5:30 PM. Tickets can be reserved by calling 846-4379; the cost is $20 and includes the presentation that follows.

At 7:00, Dr. James Pratt, historian of the 366th Regiment will speak. The cost for the presentation alone is $5.00.

The 366th Infantry Regiment was a “colored” and “separate” unit, serving in locations throughout New England between December, 1941 and December, 1942. These men were sent to guard rail lines and other infrastructure and facilities against sabotage. 

The sudden appearance of armed units of colored soldiers in communities where there were few, if any, colored residents created challenges for both the soldiers and local citizens. 

There are glowing recollections from both residents and soldiers (one was U.S. Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, who was stationed in the Moosehead Lake region) but there were also troubling incidents in Old Town, Milford, and Orono. Dr. Pratt will talk about what he's discovered about the 366th and will specifically talk about the 366th here in Maine.

Photo attached: Officer Leonard Parks, center, Pvt. Arthur Williams, and Pvt. Richard Sullivan, on duty in 1942. These soldiers were assigned to protect the Royal River Grand Trunk railroad bridge in North Yarmouth on the line that ran north through Maine to the Canadian border. Credit: Maine Historical Society

North Yarmouth Historical Society
10 Village Square Rd.
North Yarmouth, ME 04097
207.846-4379 (president)