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    From left, Isiah Tripp, 8, James Richardson, 13, Shaniya Tripp, India Wooding, 11, and Lajuani Williams, all descendants of Laura Tripp, one of the people removed from Malaga Island in 1912, listen to the speakers at Pineland Farms during Friday's dedication. The family came up from Hartford, Connecticut, where they all live, for the ceremony.

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    Khamani Harrison, a descendant of Malaga Island's Tripp family and a recipient from the Malaga 1912 Scholarship Fund, attends the dedication of a monument honoring the community that the state of Maine wiped away over 100 years ago.

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    John Jenkins closes his eyes for a moment during Friday's dedication of the monument to the community from Malaga Island. Jenkins, a past state senator and mayor of Lewiston and Auburn, got to know some of the Malaga Island family descendants during the creation of an exhibit at the Maine State Museum. "It is a chapter in the story of the state of Maine that most people don't know," Jenkins said.

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    Charmane Glass-Tripp, a descendant of some of the people forced off Malaga Island, begins to cry as she speaks at Friday's monument dedication ceremony at Pineland Farms.

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    Marnie Voter of Windham embraces her distant cousin Gloria Tripp Harrison in front of the monument dedicated to their ancestors who were evicted from their home on Malaga Island. Tripp Harrison, who is 82, came up from her home in Bloomfield, Connecticut, for the ceremony. She was born in Augusta, and her father, Harold, was the son of Laura Tripp, one of the people forced off the island. "My dad never talked about it," Tripp Harrison said. "We knew he was very angry about something, but he never talked about it."

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    Shaniya Tripp looks down at the headstone of her ancestor Laura Tripp, one of the people forced of off Malaga Island, among the headstones at Pineland Cemetery in New Gloucester. Community members, state officials and descendants of the Malaga Island families gathered at Pineland on Friday to dedicate a monument honoring the island community that the state wiped away.

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    Caitlin Taylor, a ninth-generation descendant of Benjamin Darling, poses for a photo next to the Malaga Island monument.

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    Cousins Shaniya Tripp, left, and Khamani Harrison hug Friday after the dedication of a monument in honor of the Malaga Island community. Both women are descendants of Laura Tripp, who was forced off the island, and both are recipients of the Malaga 1912 Scholarship. Tripp is a nurse and Harrison is an engineer.

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