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On MLK Day, a call for justice

By Hadley Barndollar PORTSMOUTH — As Dr. King once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Those honoring the civil rights leader’s life Monday chose justice. The annual breakfast and celebration held by the Seacoast NAACP graced South Church in Portsmouth this year with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy on display, contrasted with the present day use of what speakers called divisive, xenophobic language from the highest office in the United…

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Richard Potter book

Richard Potter, America’s First Black Celebrity

New Book: Richard Potter, America’s First Black Celebrity
The first full-length biography of formerly famous ventriloquist Richard Potter will be published in February 2018. Author John A. Hodgson offers a deeply researched study of the nation’s first professional magician and “America’s First Black Celebrity” who owned land at “Potter’s Place” in New Hampshire and frequently performed in Portsmouth.

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Ona Judge: The slave who ran away from George Washington

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Stepping off a boat in a New Hampshire port in 1796, 22-year-old Ona Judge was on the run from the family of President George Washington. Judge, who was born into slavery and served Martha Washington for most of her young life, had slipped away from the president’s official residence when the capital was in Philadelphia and boarded a ship as the Washingtons prepared to return to their plantation house in Mount Vernon, Virginia. With a $10…

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Thomas Hooker to Receive Citizen of the Year Award

DURHAM, NH – Thomas L. Hooker of Nashua, a long-time federal and state human services administrator, will be honored at the Black New England Conference Friday, Oct. 20 at the University of New Hampshire with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Citizen of the Year Award. Jim Donchess, the mayor of Nashua will present the award.

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Lowry: Son of the South’s lesson from New England

A few days after Charlottesville, on vacation in New England, I found myself walking in downtown Portsmouth, N.H., and stumbling upon something called the “African Burying Ground.” The modest, memorial, apparently on the site of an actual burial ground, gives testimony to the city’s past as a point of entry where African slaves were brought to this country. Bruce Lowry, Staff Writer, NorthJersey. @BruceLowry21.

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A Community Reading of Frederick Douglass

By Isabelle Hallé / news@seacoastonline.com PORTSMOUTH — “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn,” Kevin Wade Mitchell said, reading the words of abolitionist Frederick Douglass to a full house at Strawbery Banke Museum Monday. In an event sponsored by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and the museum, community members gathered to take part in reading Frederick Douglass’ famous speech: “What to the Slaves is the Fourth of July?” Douglass, an escaped…

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Juneteenth Celebrated at African Burying Ground

By Karen Dandurant news@seacoastonline.com/Posted Jun 17, 2017 PORTSMOUTH — As part of day-long activities Saturday celebrating Juneteenth and honoring the lives of Portsmouth slaves, a remembrance ceremony was held at the African Burying Ground Memorial Park on Chestnut Street. Juneteenth is a celebration in memory of the day slavery was abolished in a small Texas town, three months after the Civil War, on June 19, 1865. The local remembrance ceremony honored ancestors by talking about their lives. The first event was held…

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