Sankofa Guided Walking Tours 2017

presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Inc. and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail. The PBHT, now under the umbrella of the BHTNH, was founded in 1995 to preserve, celebrate and honor the history and culture of the African-American community in Portsmouth and the New Hampshire region. With distinctive bronze plaques that identify the community from its colonial-era African Burying Ground to the modern Civil Rights Movement, the Trail is proud to serve as a model across the country on what it means to raise public awareness and appreciation for a region not known for its Black history.

Join the Sankofa Scholars for an authentic experience as they share insights into the rarely explored stories of Africans and their descendants, their spaces and traditions that make Portsmouth unique.

Special Topics (Saturdays May 13 – September 30) include:

  • Let Freedom Ring: Resistance, Abolition and Civil Rights
  • Creating Community: White Enterprise and Black Society
  • Out of the Shadows: Enslavement and Emancipation
  • Port of Entry: Boys and Girls for Sale
  • Backyards and Cellar Holes
  • Ona Marie Judge, Freedom Seeker

Unless otherwise noted, all tours will start at 2 p.m. at the Liberty Flagpole on Marcy Street, across from Strawbery Banke Museum and ends at 3:30 pm at the site of the African Burying Ground and Memorial Park. For more information and to register please visit:

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

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

Black Heritage Trail Self-Guided Walking Tours