Seven inspiring, quirky and engaging info about Lewiston

Everybody in Maine has grieved for the folks of Lewiston, and been impressed by their power and dedication to their neighborhood over the previous week, within the wake of the mass capturing there on Oct. 25. In honor of them and their resilience, listed below are seven of probably the most fascinating, enjoyable and provoking historic and factual tidbits to come back out of the Lew.

The Bates School campus in Lewiston.

Bates School’s trailblazing historical past

The primary coeducational college in New England was the Maine State Seminary, based in Lewiston in 1855 by native preacher Oren Burbank Cheney. It was additionally one of many first universities within the nation to confess Black college students. In 1863, enterprise tycoon Benjamin Bates — for whom the town’s Bates Mill complicated is called — donated a big sum of cash to the college, which modified its identify to Bates School and it turned a liberal arts college. In 1865, the primary girl to obtain a school diploma in New England graduated from Bates.

Employees at Bates Manufacturing pose with the looms for an image in 1900, in Lewiston. (AP File Photograph/Lewiston Solar Journal)

A seminal second in labor rights

With a proud, working-class historical past, Lewiston was additionally the positioning of a seminal second in New England labor rights historical past. In 1937, hundreds of textile staff and shoemakers in Lewiston’s mills started to strike en masse, demanding higher pay, working situations and union illustration. The strike was violently suppressed by Gov. Lewis Barrows, who known as within the Maine Military Nationwide Guard at one level, leading to an eventual loss for the employees. A 12 months later, the Honest Labor Requirements Act enshrined issues just like the minimal wage and time beyond regulation pay into federal regulation.