LEWISTON – Lewiston-Auburn College will present an exhibit called “Charlie Howard 20 Years Later: How Far Has Maine Come. Anti-Gay Discrimination and Violence in Maine 1984-2004.”

The traveling exhibit will be in the south lounge through March 15.

The exhibit was curated by Howard Solomon, scholar-in-residence of the University of Southern Maine’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Collection. The collection is part of the Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, which is in USM’s Glickman Family Library in Portland.

The exhibit marks the 20th anniversary in 2004 of the death of Charlie Howard, a young man who was thrown to his death into the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor because he was gay. The exhibit examines the events surrounding his death and its impact on the history of human rights in Maine.

The display was developed in conjunction with a series of miniconferences and curricular materials for use in middle and high school classrooms.

A joint project of USM’s Sampson Center for Diversity and the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, organizers say the exhibit is trying to increase public awareness and discussion about the prejudice and violence directed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.


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