Tea Talk: Color Me Included: African Americans of Hampton’s First Church…

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Color Me Included: African Americans of Hampton’s First Church and Its Descendant Parishes 1670 – 1826
Presenter: Rev. Deborah Knowlton
Color Me Included by Deborah KnowltonThis first work by author Deborah Knowlton is meant to bring to life the African American members of the First Congregational Church of Hampton, New Hampshire, who were both enslaved and free. Using the early record books kept by the first twelve pastors, she offers details concerning their faith lives as members of the congregation, on the families who owned them, their service in the Revolutionary war, and their journeys outward to neighboring communities as descendant parishes were established.

Published in 2016 by Peter E. Randall Publisher, the work reveals the complicated connections between race relations and religion in early New England and invites comparisons with matters of race and religion in today’s culture.
Book signing to follow discussion.

The event is free and open to the public.

Rev. Deborah Knowlton serves as the pastor for the First Congregational Church in Hampton, New Hampshire. She grew up on a farm just outside Hampton and, yes, she knows how to drive a tractor and milk a cow! She can sometimes be found wearing her jeans and working in her vegetable garden. After her undergraduate studies at UNH, she earned her M.Div. degree from Andover Newton Theological School. Rev. Deb has a wonderful way with words and a very special gift of making everyone feel completely welcome to worship anytime.


This tea talk is the last of the 2016 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.