NEW LONON, Conn. - Write an essay, short story, poem, play, movie script or Novella about the African-American experience in the maritime world for the chance to win a $1,000 New London Maritime Society (NLMS) scholarship!

The NLMS - Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Award was established to foster an awareness of the experience of African-Americans in the context of maritime history. It honors the commitment of Reid MacCluggage, the editor and publisher of The Day newspaper from 1984-2001, to the development of multicultural awareness and excellent writing skills in students.

You must be a junior or senior in good standing at one of the following high schools to qualify: East Lyme, Grasso Tech., Fisher's Island, Fitch, Griswold, Ledyard, Lyme-Old Lyme, Montville, New London, NFA, Norwich Regional Tech., St. Bernard's, Stonington, Williams School, Waterford, Wheeler.

You may enter an original essay, short story, novella, play, movie script or poem based on the theme: the African-American experience in the maritime world. There are no restrictions on the length or scope of your piece, but all entries must be typed and include a complete list of all primary and secondary research sources. Additionally, each entry must be accompanied by a cover page, stating the student's name, address and telephone number, as well as the name of the high school he or she attends, and a brief abstract describing the intent/content of the piece.

All entries must be received at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320, by 5 p.m., Feb. 29.

If you mail your entry, it must be postmarked no later than Feb. 29. Send to New London Maritime Society, Reid MacCluggage Scholarship, 150 Bank Street, New London CT 06320.

Following review by a panel of distinguished judges from the community, a scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded for the most outstanding entry. The winner will be contacted directly, and will receive the award at his or her high school awards night.

If you have any questions, contact Susan at the Custom House Maritime Museum, (860) 447-8700 or e-mail her at

The Custom House Maritime Museum invites students to start their research at the New London Maritime Society's Frank L. McGuire Maritime Research Library, which contains books and manuscripts on topics related to black maritime history, the Amistad incident, and many aspects of local maritime history. Call (860) 447-2501 to make a reservation to work in the NLMS library.

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