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Emancipation Trail: Civil Rights for All, Sunday, February 15 at 2PM

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Emancipation Trail: Civil Rights for All

Presenter: Vincent Licenziato
Sunday, February 15 at 2PM

Vincent Licenziato, creator of the new Emancipation Trail in Boston, will discuss his new guide for the historic trail that individuals and families can use to help them appreciate and discuss the rich culture of emancipation to which Bostonians and others have contributed. The trail goes beyond Boston’s familiar Black Heritage Trail, which is mostly confined to Beacon Hill. It complements the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, and dips into the American Revolution, when American colony was “emancipated” from England, and expands the celebration of Black emancipation to the Back Bay, the South End, Roxbury, Mattapan and Boston City Hall Plaza with its towering statue of Bill Russell.

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.

Church, Faith and the NH Community: Black Women’s Perspectives, Sunday, February 8 at 2PM

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Church, Faith and the NH Community: Black Women’s Perspectives

Presenters: Florine Hilson, Nadine Thompson, Rev. Lauren Smith, and Rev. Lillian Buckley
Sunday, February 8 at 2PM

The black church has historically been seen as the backbone of the Black community and the center of political and social life for African Americans. This panel discussion featuring prominent local church leaders will discuss the role of the church in their lives. Through their experiences in ministering or serving in a predominantly white state we will learn about the role of Faith as a strong guiding force in their lives, what they give and receive from their spiritual communities, and why church life continues to be of such great importance to so many Black women.

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.

A House Divided: Portrait of a Slave Owner’s Family, Sunday, February 1 at 2PM

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A House Divided: Portrait of a Slave Owner’s Family in the Village of Newington

Presenter: Linda Khalsa
Sunday, February 1 at 2PM

In the early-to-mid-1800’s, not only was the United States in turmoil over the issue of slavery, but so was one of the prominent families in this tiny seacoast town. Here is a story of father vs. son; sister vs. sister; and brother-in-law vs. brother-in-law. Philosophies clash; murder strikes at the heart of the family; and New Hampshire courts make a ruling that devastates a devoted town official. In the end, a 94 year-old enslaved woman gets emancipated, yet is awarded no headstone when she died at age 102…nor does a second former slave who predeceased her! Come hear if these wrongs have been put right in the year 2015, almost 150 years later!

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.

The 2015 Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talk Schedule

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2015 Schedule: 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. [Read more…]

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Discover Portsmouth Center

We are dedicated to increasing public understanding and enthusiasm for local history. Our trustees, staff, sponsors, and members believe strongly that the uniqueness of Portsmouth is defined by the city’s past. Our mission is to provide a central location where, in cooperation with other groups, we can introduce, interpret, and stimulate the study of Portsmouth history.