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Rock Rest papers

Repository: University of New Hampshire. Milne Special Collections and Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection includes an interview of Hazel Sinclair on CD, a photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. in New Hampshire, voter registration certificates, NAACP branch information, and other pertinent items relating to the civil rights movement.

Collection Description (Extant): Rock Rest was an inn primarily for African American guests in Kittery Point, ME. Owned and operated by Clayton and Hazel Sinclair, who gave up their own beds to guests coming to vacation in Maine during the summer months from 1948 to 1976, its story reflects much of the racial history of the 20th century in northern New England, including the pre-Civil Rights era of de facto segregation when racial discrimination pervaded public and private life. It is also the story of a couple's determination to make a better life for themselves against great odds, by working hard and integrating themselves into the dominant society, yet still speaking out and taking action to end injustice. Clayton and Hazel helped establish the first seacoast branch of the NAACP . . . .

The collection consists of only a small amount of material directly related to Rock Rest as an inn. The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence and personal belongings of the Sinclairs, their families and friends.

Date(s): 1940-2006

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: MC 216

Extent: 10 boxes (3.33 cu.ft.)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Hazel Sinclair

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American businesspeople
African American women--New England
African Americans--Civil rights--New England
African Americans--Maine
African Americans--Social conditions
African Americans--Social life and customs
Discrimination in public accommodations
Hotels--New England
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
New England--Race relations
Race discrimination--New England


Sound recordings


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