Special Tour – Port of Entry: Boys and Girls for Sale


Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM,
co-sponsored by Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and Historic New England.

Cost: $20 pp/Call 603-380-1231 or 603-436-8433 to Register
EMAIL: nhblackhistory@aol.com

“Negro Boys and Girls just imported from Gambia and to be sold…at the Long Wharf in Portsmouth,”
NH Gazette, July 28, 1758.

This was just one of many notices in the local newspaper placed by slave traders and slave owners advertising black bodies to be purchased for cash or in exchange for other commodities. Healthy young people were highly desirable as lifetime companions for the children of elite families, a significant financial investment in return for what would become decades of personal service and free labor.

Sankofa Tour Guide, Kevin Wade Mitchell, will portray the life of a man who was brought from his home in West Africa to New Hampshire when he was 10 years old. The young boy was renamed “Prince,” the body servant of William Whipple a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The enslaved would later be a signer of a petition seeking emancipation.

This dramatic presentation will follow a guided walking tour of several sites where slave sales and the enslavement of young African people was part of the now-forgotten history of Colonial Portsmouth. JerriAnne Boggis, director of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, will be the Sankofa Tour Guide.

Tour begins at 2:00 PM on Marcy Street at the Liberty Flagpole in Prescott Park and ends at the Moffatt-Ladd House, Market St., Portsmouth
Seating is available in the Warehouse for the appearance of Prince Whipple and discussion with the audience.

Special thanks to Historic New England for co-sponsoring this event

Cost: $20 pp/Call 603-380-1231 or 603-436-8433 to Register
EMAIL: nhblackhistory@aol.com