2015 Past Black Heritage Trail Events

A Night of a Thousand Conversations

Sat., Nov. 14, 5:30pm, Discover Portsmouth.

Live Testimony from Ferguson + NH Seacoast.

The Seacoast Peace Academy, in partnership with Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and The Truth Telling Project, invite you to become a part of a larger national conversation about local issues addressing direct violence against African Americans, Native Americans, and Persons of Color in the U.S. We will watch testimony together and exchange thoughts and feelings in an effort to formulate a plan of action that we intend to implement together.

The Truth Telling Project will convene a number of high profile figures directly impacted by police violence along with ordinary members of the Ferguson and National Protest community for a weekend of Truth-Telling.

Testimony will be presented to a panel of witnesses drawn from the immediate community and the nation at large. Portions of this event will be simulcast world-wide.

Immediately following, a national “Night of a Thousand Conversations” will be held in which local communities can discuss what they have heard, reach out to victims in their own community, and begin to strategize local or support national action plans for change.

The Truth Telling Project is an initiative of the not-for-profit Center for Educational Equity, and a coalition between the Peace and Justice Studies Association, The Backer Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, and others.

For more information, email: mesala9@gmail.com.

Visit the Truth Telling Project facebook page

2015 Black New England Conference

Black New England Conference 2015

Put Me In, Coach: The Battle to Integrate New England Sports

October 30-31, 2015

University of New Hampshire – Huddleston Hall, Durham, New Hampshire
The 9th Annual Black New England Conference will be held at the University of New Hampshire on October 30-31, 2015. Sponsored by the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and Center for New England Culture, the theme for this year’s conference is “Put Me In, Coach: The Battle to Integrate New England Sports” an investigation of the significant roles People of Color have played and continue to play in New England Sports. [Read more…]

Reflections on the 2015 African Reburial Ceremonies, August 8

A Gathering of the Elders,

Saturday, August 8, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue
603-427-1540.

Portsmouth African Reburial

Share thoughts and opinions on the African Reburial Ceremonies

PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE – A little over two months ago, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in an emotional and moving ceremony, members of the African descendant community and friends, gathered to honor the Africans both free and enslaved whose graves were disturbed ten years ago during sewer repairs on Chestnut Street in Portsmouth. While the pain of the past was everywhere the care and love was evident.

Join us for this gathering of elders and other participants in the African Reburial Ceremonies as the women reflect on their preparation of the remains for reburial and the men share their thoughts about carrying those caskets to the newly consecrated resting place.

This will provide an opportunity for all to speak about their experiences during the Ceremonies and to express opinions about the significance of the city’s African Burying Ground Memorial park.

Contact: JerriAnne Boggis
Tel: (603) 318-5120
E-Mail: jaboggis@portsmouthhistory.org

Sankofa Walking Tour, Saturday, Sept 5

Sankofa Tour, Portsmouth Black Heritage TrailJoin the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and learn about Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s trans-Atlantic slavetraders, slaveholders and the captured Africans and Black abolitionists.

The gentle walking tour leaves at 1pm Saturday, September 5, 2015, from Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, downtown Portsmouth, and ends with a visit to Portsmouth’s old “Negro Burying Ground,” now a new memorial park created to mark the site — a place for the visitor to pause and to contemplate this unfinished American story.

Departing from Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street.
Reservations not required but space is limited.
Register onsite or call 603-436-8433.
Private Sankofa Tours can be scheduled for other dates by contacting nhblackhistory@aol.com

Sankofa Scholars are the volunteer tour guides for all Sankofa Tours,
an educational program created by the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail.

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Gallery Talks 2015

Scheier 3229The current Scheier Exhibit at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, hosts a series of gallery talks this summer.
Reservations recommended: email info@portsmouthhistory.org or call 603-436-8433.

June 13: Art and Craft in New Hampshire

Co-Curators of New Hampshire Art Association and League of New Hampshire Craftsmen: A Retrospective Richard Candee and Robert Chase discuss Art and Craft in New Hampshire. The origins of the NHAA in the WPA and the League of NH Craftsmen.
Saturday, June 13. Talk begins at 11am, Suggested Donation $10 non-members/$5 members
Reservations recommended: email info@portsmouthhistory.org or call 603-436-8433.

Humanities Council logoJune 25th Michael Komanecky Lecture

Keynote on Ed & Mary Scheier by Michael K. Komanecky, Chief Curator, Farnsworth Art Museum.
Doors open 6pm lecture begins at 6:30pm. This is a free event open to the public, funded in part by the NH Humanities Council.
Reservations recommended: email info@portsmouthhistory.org or call 603-436-8433.

July 18th gallery talk: Mid-century Modernism in the NHAA

Co-Curators of New Hampshire Art Association and League of New Hampshire Craftsmen: A Retrospective Richard Candee and Robert Chase discuss Mid-century modernism in the NHAA, including the annual Currier Exhibitions and the scandal of 1948.

Talk begins at 11am, Suggested Donation $10 non-members/$5 members
Reservations recommended: email info@portsmouthhistory.org or call 603-436-8433.

Humanities Council logoJuly 23rd Film Screening

Award Winning Producer, Ken Browne, joins us for a screening of his documentaries Four Hands, One Heart and A League of Their Own.
Doors open 5:30 films begin at 6pm. This is a free event open to the public. Funded in part by the NH Humanities Council.
Reservations recommended: info@portsmouthhistory.org or 603-436-8433

August 1st Gallery Talk

Join Richard Candee in a discussion on Ed Scheier, Artist of Durham: Ed Scheier was a member of the UNH Art faculty. In 1950 he joined the NH Art Association and exhibited with several members of that department. His graphic skills were not limited to clay, but found expression in oil painting, rug design, sculpture and computer graphics. His UNH colleagues’ work can be seen in the NHAA Retrospective.
Talk begins at 11am, Suggested Donation $10 non-members/$5 members
Reservations recommended: info@portsmouthhistory.org or 603-436-8433

August 7th Collectors Panel

Collectors Panel: A dynamic discussion with several Scheier collectors.
Doors open at 5:30 pm panel begins at 6:00 pm, Suggested Donation $20 non-members/$10 members
Reservations recommended: info@portsmouthhistory.org or 603-436-8433

September 17th John Winant Lecture

John Winant: New Hampshire Man of the World:
John G. Winant, St. Paul’s School graduate and Vice-Rector, World War I Army Air Service captain, and three-time governor of New Hampshire, went on to serve the nation in several capacities on the national and international scene. In the process he became a hero to the British in World War II and to the common man throughout the developed world. His life, marked by highs and lows, ended tragically in his mansion in Concord. Dick Hesse examines Winant’s life and measures his impact at home and abroad.
Doors open at 6:30 lecture begins at 7pm. Free event brought to you by New Hampshire Humanities Council’s Humanities To Go! program

September 19th gallery talk

Co-Curators of New Hampshire Art Association and League of New Hampshire Craftsmen: A Retrospective Richard Candee and Robert Chase discuss The Grace Casey Years and the boom in state and local support for the arts in New Hampshire. With the “revival” of historic Portsmouth in the mid-1960s Grace Casey and Miriam Sawyer sold work by NHAA artists in the River House Gallery on Bow Street. Casey soon established a branch Art Association gallery in the Wentworth House at Strawbery Banke and helped established the Prescott Park Arts Festival.

Talk begins at 11am, Suggested Donation $10 non-members/$5 members
Reservations recommended: info@portsmouthhistory.org or 603-436-8433.

June 19th is “Juneteenth” – Freedom Day!

June 19-20, Celebrate with the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail.

Juneteenth, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, artwork by Richard Haynes

artwork by Richard Haynes

People of African descent have inhabited this land now called New Hampshire since 1645. For more than twenty years, the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail has been exploring the history we share with many diverse peoples who have called this place their home. Now we invite all of our old and new friends to gather in celebration of this 150th Juneteenth tradition.

Friday, June 19, 7pm

Juneteenth at The Dance Hall, 7 Walker Street, Kittery, $10, with Primo Cubano! An Afro-Cuban-Salsa dance party.

Saturday, June 20, 10am

at 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire — “They wanted to be found: Stories from the African Burying Ground”
Dr. Kathleen Wheeler, Independent Archealogical Consultant, will share personal experiences related to her work at the site of Portsmouth African Burying Ground in 2003 when the city accidentally disturbed burials in the colonial-era cemetery.

Saturday, June 20, noon

Ancestral Rememberance Gathering
After Dr. Wheeler’s talk, the audience is invited to proceed to the new memorial park at Chestnut Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail’s “Ancestral Remembrance Gathering” – a tradition begun when the eighteenth-century “Negro Burying Ground” was identified as one of Portsmouth’s 24 historic sites.
This program is one in a series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary year of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail.

Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day,” has long been celebrated in the South as the date, June 19th, when the last enslaved people of African descent were freed in the United States. This is the 150th anniversary year of Juneteenth, an official holiday in many states and growing in popularity as it is observed across the country and beyond.

Contact nhblackhistory@aol.com or call 603-380-1231 for more information.

Portsmouth En Vogue
September 19, 2015

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Ancestral Reburial, May 22 & 23, 2015

Ancestral reburying 2015Join Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail for the long-awaited return of human remains to their original gravesites in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Reburial ceremonies, Friday, May 22, at 7 PM with an overnight vigil. Nine newly constructed caskets containing all of the remains of the exhumed coffins will lie-in-state at the New Hope Baptist Church, 263 Peverly Hill Road, until 7AM on Saturday morning. Three Services at the church, May 22-23: 7 PM, Midnight & 6 AM. The onsite unveiling of the artwork on Chestnut St. will take place at 8:30am, followed by the Reburial Ceremony at 9am, May 23rd.

Time for quiet meditation, prayers, music and reflection will be among the spiritual offerings during the public vigil. A motorcade will transfer the caskets from the New Hope Baptist Church to the State St. entrance to Chestnut St. An unveiling of the commissioned artwork at 8:30am will prepare the memorial park for the final on-site burial ceremonies.

Traditional music and customs will be incorporated into these ceremonies. Wearing of white or traditional African attire by all is encouraged.

“We are returning the Chestnut Street site to sacred ground; the Portsmouth community has found a meaningful and powerful way of honoring those buried beneath the street. These events are about remembering the dead and returning the remains to the earth, as well as acknowledging the site’s history and celebrating the community-wide effort that has made this project possible.”
-Vernis Jackson, Chair of the African Burying Ground Committee

For more information, visit www.AfricanBuryingGroundNH.org

Film Discussion: Selma, Sunday Mar. 22nd, 2pm

Selma Film Discussion, Portsmouth Black Heritage TrailFifty years after the historic march for civil rights in Selma Alabama, director Ava DuVernay presents a film that has been derided by white and black critics alike who say the film failed to get the story right.
Was its cardinal sin a failure to pay homage to Linden B. Johnson? Or, was the history not trustworthy because it was told through a Black racial lens?

What was happening in New Hampshire when MLK led the march in Selma? How is this relevant to us now?

Come join us

2 – 4 pm, Sunday, March 22, Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St, Portsmouth NH [Read more…]

African American Stories, Sun., Feb 22, 2015 2pm

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Discovering African American Stories told by Historic New England staff

Presenter: Jennifer Pustz, Historic New England staff member
Sunday, February 22 at 2PM

Though too often hidden, the contributions of African Americans, enslaved and free, are integral to understanding the history of New England. The stories of Prince Sayward of York, Maine, who fought in the American Revolution; of Siras Bruce and his impressive service on the staff at Governor Langdon’s mansion; of Cuffee Whipple’s work on James Rundlet’s 1807 house; and the story of Cuff Gardner, a free African American who worked at Rhode Island’s Casey Farm at the turn of the nineteenth century, reveal new aspects of daily life at these sites. These stories are about labor, but also about these individuals’ participation in the fight for freedom and in such uniquely New England traditions such as the “Negro Elections.” Join Jennifer Pustz as she explores the African American Experience in the North through the lens of several of Historic New England’s properties.

Welcome to the Third Annual Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks

Join us for a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail is proud to announce the the Winter Tea Talk lecture series, now in its third year, to honor Nashua resident and social activist Elinor Williams Hooker. The series of lectures will be held on Sundays at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. Free and open to the public. Donations are gladly accepted.

Ona Marie Judge: A Historical Novel, Sunday, March 1 at 2PM

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Ona Marie Judge: A Historical Novel

Presenter: Tammi Truax
Sunday, March 1 at 2PM

Tammi Truax presents a New Hampshire woman’s journey in researching and bringing to life the story on Ona Marie Judge a self-emancipated woman formally enslaved to Martha Washington.