Tea Talk: Black Heritage Tourism and Community

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2 to 4 pm

Black Heritage Tourism and Community
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie E. Freeman

African Burying Ground, Portsmouth NHUntil recent time, African-American history and culture was considered a blight on what many believed was the pristine record of America’s growth and prosperity. However, no doubt fueled by to the presence of an African American family in the White House, there is a growing desire to learn more of the Black stories that had all but disappeared from our collective consciousness. The historic and cultural resources associated with people, events, or aspects of a community’s past give that community its sense of identity and help tell its story. These resources are the most tangible reflections of a community’s heritage.
This presentation will look at how the recognition of an area’s historic resources, such as the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth, can bring about neighborhood revitalization, increased and sustainable tourism, economic development and citizenship building.

This event is free and open to the public.


This tea talk is part of the Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks: A series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture.

These Sunday afternoon “Tea Talks” are participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture, presented by the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail in collaboration with the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, from February 7 through March 13, 2016, at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Please call 603-436-8433 or email JerriAnne Boggis for more information.