PORTLAND — Tim Gillis will present a talk on Augustus King at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Glickman Library 103, 314 Forest Avenue.
On July 4, 1849, sailors out of Cape Ann attacked a Portland, Maine brothel and dance hall owned by Augustus King on Munjoy Hill, also known then as Mount Joy. Within three months, the fight had escalated to cannon fire, murder and a full-scale riot. This talk reveals previously unknown details of the street war, including King’s origins, an unreported pregnancy, and genealogical clues to other family members living in Portland at the time. Based on research for thesis work in historical fiction, this talk will focus on the people and places in town which were instrumental in discovering his real history, including the Portland Room of the public library, the Brown Library at the Maine Historical Society, and the Maine Irish Heritage Center.
All lectures are free. Donations are gratefully accepted to benefit the work of Spirits Alive.