2017 Past News & Events

New Book Reveals Lost History of Slavery in Maine

Book Signing & Reading Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine Meet author Patricia Q . Wall and hear the long-lost history of Blacks in early Maine. August 24, 7 PM First Congregational Church, Kittery Point ME   About the author For the past 48 years, Patricia Quigley Wall has been involved with New England’s colonial history through professional museum work, research, teaching, and writing. More recently, after meeting Valerie Cunningham and…

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Frederick Douglass

Reading Frederick Douglass on July 3rd

Reading Frederick Douglass on July 3rd A public reading of one of the 19th century’s most famous speeches will take place at noon on July 3rd at the Strawbery Banke Museum Visitor’s Center in Portsmouth. “What to the Slaves is the Fourth of July?” asked Frederick Douglass in 1852. Douglass, one of our nation’s greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his provocative speech, Douglass said, “This…

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Juneteenth Celebration Highlights Black Heritage Trail of NH

PORTSMOUTH — Next Saturday, the Seacoast’s African American community will celebrate Juneteenth — a holiday commemorating the day on June 19, 1865, when slavery was finally abolished in what was then the backwater of Texas three months after the end of the Civil War. It is a day of celebration throughout the country, a time to commemorate the end of slavery and rejoice in freedom.

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Juneteenth Celebration

A Juneteenth Celebration The Art of Activism, Cultural Resistance & Everyday Protest Saturday, June 17, 11am-3pm & 7pm– 8:30pm Middle Street Baptist Church 18 Court Street. Join us for ART, FOOD, MUSIC, DIALOGUE & SONG. This year’s celebration features African American artists Joel Gill and Richard Hanes, vocalist Rev. Robert Thompson, actors Sandi Clark and Kevin Wade Mitchell and Drummer Robert Bellinger ….

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2017 BNEC Call for Papers

11th ANNUAL BLACK NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE Huddleston Hall, University of New Hampshire October 20 – 21st, 2017 Deadline for Submissions (August 20, 2017) THE SCIENCE & ENGINEERING OF RACE: Living Through the Archives  Modern medical and social sciences have made some extraordinary advances through the exploitation of Black bodies while simultaneously allowing myths of racial inferiority to continue as justification for centuries of enslavement and political disenfranchisement. From the Tuskegee syphilis experiment to the unethical use of Henrietta Lacks’ cells…

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Boggis to be honored by Seacoast NAACP

PORTSMOUTH — The Seacoast NAACP will honor JerriAnne Boggis at its annual Freedom Fund Dinner Saturday night. By Jeff McMenemy Boggis is executive director of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and has served on the New Hampshire Advisory Board for the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and as chairwoman of the University of New Hampshire’s Commission on the Status of People of Color. Rogers Johnson, president of the Seacoast NAACP, said the group “annually recognizes an individual who has and continues…

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2017 Spring Symposium Mapping the Underground Railroad

Mapping the Underground Railroad: The Black Past Remembered and Reclaimed in New Hampshire   The North has historically basked in its participation in the Underground Railroad leaving untold, till recent times, its complicity in the slave trade. The keynote address and panel discussion for this symposium will highlight stories of some Black New Hampshire heroes and present information on the state’s participation in the Atlantic slave trade and what became known as the Underground Railroad. Archaeologist Dr. Cheryl LaRoche, our…

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