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Malage Island

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Location: Malaga Island, Mainemap
Surname/tag: malaga_island, phippsburg, maine, murphy,
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Check out this link (http://malagaislandmaine.org/) for an overview of Malaga Island's history and inhabitants.

John "Jerry" Murphy is my ancestor on my father's side and was one of only a few white people exiled to Malaga Island. The majority of Malaga's residents were black or of mixed race. Many "Malagites" were falsely accused of being "feeble-minded" and therefore "unfit" to live amongst the communities on the mainland. At least, that was the story that the mainland folks told themselves to try and justify their behavior towards those exiled to Malaga.

I strongly encourage anyone who's interested to please check out the info from the link I provided.

Despite having roots on Malaga Island, I know very little about what really happened there. Information is hard to come by and if you look at the existing historical records, you'll understand why.

I've always been fascinated by Malaga Island and I actually visited the island twice with my father, but there's little to see now. I want to know more and I hope someone will see this and help me find some answers.

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