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