Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Events

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail was established over 20 years ago by Valerie Cunningham and others. Recently, they merged with the Portsmouth Historical Society and continue to operate programs and conferences at Discover Portsmouth (10 Middle St). This season we have a Sunday Tea Lecture series, a Spring Symposium, a Fall Black New England Conference and regular walking tours for the trail on some Saturdays or by appointment.

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail 10th Annual Spring Symposium, May 3, 2014

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The Coloring of Law and Punishment: Exploring the Role of Race, Ethnicity and Class in Incarceration

Saturday, May 3, 8-3PM at Discover Portsmouth

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Through productive dialogue, the symposium will explore the history of law and punishment in our state, the disproportionate incarceration of minorities and the range of social problems associated with incarceration. Presenters will examine the impact of incarceration on communities of color, the generalized criminalization of those communities most affected by poverty and racial discrimination and what a shift from punitive to restorative justice in the way our criminal system addresses crime would look like. [Read more...]

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail 2014 Calendar

Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks: A series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture

The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail in collaboration with the Seacoast African American Cultural Center will present a series of Sunday “Tea Time” Lectures the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month beginning on February 2, from 2–4PM, at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. Two additional talks will be presented in February in honor of Black history month. [Read more...]

NH’s Battle for Civil Rights: A 50 Year Retrospective by Valerie Cunningham on Apr 13, 2-4PM

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 will turn 50 on July 2, 2014. Its impact on the legal, education, economic and social systems in the United States has touched us all. As the world watched events in Birmingham, Alabama, that sparked the beginning of the end of a centuries-long struggle for freedom, New Hampshire was fighting its own battles for equality. This talk will outline local events in the years leading up to the federal Civil Rights Act and some of the city’s most courageous citizens who fought for a society in which all could live as equals. [Read more...]

The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail presents the Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks

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2014 Schedule: Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks

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 naming of its Winter Tea Talk lecture series, now in its second year, to honor Nashua resident and social activist Elinor Williams Hooker. In collaboration with the Seacoast African American Cultural Center the series of lectures will be held on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month from 2-4PM, at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. [Read more...]

2014 Sankofa Walking Tours

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The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail will present a series of walking tours with local historian and author, Valerie Cunningham. The tours will highlight the history of Africans and Black Yankees in Portsmouth since 1645. The Sankofa Tours include places where enslaved Africans lived, worshiped and were buried in Colonial Portsmouth, and sites where Black Abolitionists and Civil Rights activists from Frederick Douglass to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. have stood. [Read more...]