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Common Ground Sister City   Tuskegee/South Berwick

Common Ground Mission
The mission of the American Sister City Project is to afford the opportunity for the citizens of two communities, one predominately black and the other predominately white, to talk with each other, listen to each other and share with each other with the goal of broadening understanding between people.

Common Ground History
In 2016, South Berwick asked Tuskegee to be its “sister.” The two communities share size and
an identity of community pride. The two communities also have histories that overlap.
Both are in states about to turn 200 and both grew under the cotton economy of the 19th
century —Tuskegee as host to cotton plantations and S. Berwick as home to textile mills. In early
2017 Tuskegee said yes and both municipal councils unanimously approved the relationship.

Common Ground Sister City Proclamation

 Tuskegee, Alabama  South Berwick, Maine 
 Indigenous: Creek Nation  Indigenous: Western Abenaki
 95.7% African -American       97.3% White
 9,865 population  7220 population
 16.37 sq. miles  32.6 sq. miles
 765 people/sq. mile  207 people/sq. mile
 Median age  27.6  Median age  40.5
 Median family income $43,472  Median family income $59,330
 Mayor Town Manager
 Incorporated 1843  Incorporated 1713

Core Values  for Common Ground Sister City ~ Draft #3

Enrich the people of South Berwick and Tuskegee by building relationships between our communities.
Increase understanding of racial identity through cultural exchange and conversation.
Explore and celebrate our cultural similarities and differences.
Foster and support respectful dialogue about hard history, privilege, fear, and equity in America.