WILMINGTON, MA — On April 1, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a virtual visit from Kerri Arsenault, author of Mill Town: Reckoning With What Remains. Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years, the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault’s own family. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for her seemingly secure childhood. The mill, while providing livelihoods for nearly everyone, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town’s economic, physical, and emotional health in a slow-moving catastrophe, earning the area the nickname “Cancer Valley.”
Watch the presentation, courtesy of Wilmington Memorial Library’s Facebook page, below:
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