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Maine Resorts Practice Discrimination; State Losses Revenue

July 28, 1954
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Maine is suffering an “inestimable” loss of revenue due to the discrimination of private resort owners, according to William Cohen, state chairman of the Maine B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League Committee.

Citing his experiences as counsel for the Maine State Equal Opportunities Committee, and a number of letters complaining of anti-Jewish discrimination by resort owners in Maine, Mr. Cohen said that prospective Maine vacationers are staying away “in droves.”

Mr. Cohen underlined a statement by Guy P. Butler, executive manager of the state’s Publicity Bureau, who said that “unfortunately” there is no law in Maine requiring a resort owner to serve any one. Everett F. Greaton, executive director of the Maine Development Commission, has pointed out that such discrimination does not reflect official state policy.

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