A postcard of Rock Rest in its heyday in 1959, given to guests as a souvenir.
As a teenager, Valerie Cunningham spent two summers helping family friends Clayton and Hazel Sinclair run their small inn in Kittery, Maine.
Rock Rest, as the guesthouse was called, provided accommodations and home-cooked meals during the summer months to African-American travelers at a time when de facto segregation in the North made it difficult for them to access hotels, restaurants, and many other public places.
For scores of vacationers, it was a safe and relaxing haven near the water. For Cunningham, it was an inspiration.... Read More →
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