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This February the Maine State Archives marks African American History Month by sharing two documents about John Lewis.  John Lewis was a Methodist minister at a church in an African American community in Warren, Maine.  On the left is a letter Lewis wrote in 1858 to the Secretary of State asking for the certificate needed to solemnize marriages.  On the right is a copy of the commission granted to him that same year.

On the left, John Lewis letter to Secretary of State; on the right, State of Maine certificate

Lewis Letter Transcript (Word Doc) Certificate Transcript (Word Doc)