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.

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Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail presents Spring Symposium

Underground Railroad

The Black Past Remembered and Reclaimed in New Hampshire

Saturday, May 6, 2017 (10 to 3 pm)
Strawbery Banke Lecture Hall, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, NH

$35 Conference, Lunch & Tour || $25 Conference & Lunch || $20 Tour

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The North has historically basked in its participation in the Underground Railroad leaving untold, till recent times, its complicity in the slave trade.

The keynote address and panel discussion for this symposium will highlight stories of some Black New Hampshire heroes and present information on the state’s participation in the Atlantic slave trade and what became known as the Underground Railroad. [Read more…]

On Being Muslim in the Deep North

Muslum Tea Talk

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2-4pm, Elinor Hooker Williams Tea Talk – Join Us!

Free and open to the public

Many people usually think of Muslims as Arabs, where in reality one-third of the Muslims in the US are Black American, one-third are South Asians and one-third are Arabs, making them one of the most diverse religious groups in the country.

For this panel, presenters will explore areas where their identities intersect and what it means to be Male or Female, Black & Muslim living in a post 9/11 New England. Through their shared stories we will gain an understanding of what it means to be part of a religion that preaches the “Oneness of God, the Oneness of mankind and the Oneness of the Message” and what our towns could be if practitioners were honored in a country whose tenants include freedom of religion for all instead of faced with discrimination. [Read more…]

The Unreconstructed North: Assimilation, Apartheid & Reconciliation

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2-4pm, Elinor Hooker Williams Tea Talk – Join Us!

Tea talks, Portsmouth nh

Free and open to the public

Historic stories of violence on Native Americans and African Americans have for years saturated the airwaves and newspapers. Wounded Knee. Standing Rock. Emmett Till. Trayvon Martin. These names and situations invoke memories of extreme racial division and distrust.

Like South Africa’s “Truth and Reconciliation” campaign that began the yet progressing road to racial healing post-apartheid, this panel will present personal stories as steps to developing greater mutual understanding and promoting healing to create change in our own backyards.


Prof. Jason Sokol: Author, The Unreconstructed North
Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger: Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation process in South Africa
Penthea Burns: Stories from the Wabanaki-REACH program and their work with reconciliation in Maine
Sheila Finley: A personal journey to reconciliation with her slave holding family members
Woullard Lett: National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA). [Read more…]

Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks and more in 2017

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail

Happy New Year from Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail! And what a fantastic year it is going to be.

Dear Friends of The Trail:
Thank you all for journeying with us through 2016. We are so looking forward to 2017 … a year filled with promise …  as we celebrate and honor our African American history bursting with stories of resilience, innovation, courage and versatility that is indeed truly American.

Here is a list of what we have planned. Stay tuned for more!

With deep gratitude,

PS Thank you also for your gift of time and treasure. If you are still working on your charitable giving for 2016 we would welcome any addition gifts you would want to give. Thanks once again.
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2017 Events Outline

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Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Never Caught, Ona Judge

Sunday, March 5, 2017, Elinor Hooker Williams Tea Talk – Join Us!

Free and open to the public.


12:30 – 1:30 pm Optional Tour of Governor John Langdon Mansion (THE TOUR IS FULL! Sorry, no more space available)
Please join us for the following:
2: 00- 2:30 pm Living History Performance at Temple Israel Social Hall, 200 State St., Portsmouth NH
2:30 – 3:15 Author Presentation
3:15 – 4:00 Q&A

Author Presentation, Living History Performance, Book Signing & House Tour

During the Spring of 1796, George Washington’s final months in office, Ona Judge Staines, a dowager slave owned by the First Family, escaped the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia with the aid of that city’s free black community, and made her way to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. What followed was a drama that put some of early America’s most famous families, including the Langdons and Whipples, in direct conflict with the most powerful man in the country, the President. [Read more…]

The Birth of a Nation: A Film Discussion

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2-4pm, Elinor Hooker Williams Tea Talk – Join Us!

birthof a nation

Free and open to the public

Nate Parker’s film The Birth of a Nation, which tells a version of Nat Turner’s infamous 1831 slave revolt in Virginia, underperformance at the box office raising question of the profitability of telling Black history stories like Turner’s. Some of the film’s most ardent advocates have charged that its problems result from plots among black feminists to harpoon the work of a man, the film’s produce, acquitted of rape. Other reviewers and supporters have called the film necessary viewing in spite of its creator. Join in the discussion of the film, Nat Turner, Nate Parker and the movement to boycott and Blacklist a film.

UNH Professors Delia Konzett, Joe Onosko, Reginald A. Wilburn

The Winter Tea Talk Series is part of the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks Program: [Read more…]

Men of the Cloth: Black Masculinity & Spirituality

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2-4pm, Elinor Hooker Williams Tea Talk – Join Us!

Black Masculinity & Spirituality, Portsmouth NH

Free and open to the public

Church has historically been seen as the backbone of the Black community and the center of political and social life for African Americans. This panel discussion, featuring prominent local pastors, will discuss the role of the church in their lives; the impact of racism on Black masculinity; their personal journey as Black men ministering in a predominantly white state; and ways to construct an alternative expression of masculinity that is connected with emotion and spirit, self-determinism, accountability, family, and pride.

Rev. Robert Thompson, Rev. Authur Hilson, Rev. Robert Humphreys

The Winter Tea Talk Series is part of the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks Program: [Read more…]

Politics & Activism in the Era of Trump

Sunday, February 5, 2 to 4 pm, please join us for the first 2017 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talk!

Era of Trump

Free and open to the public

Should President Trump’s administration carry through on his campaign trail promises—to eject millions of undocumented immigrants, expand racial profiling and stop-and-frisk policies, and ban Muslims from entering the U.S.—we may be entering a new era of activism and challenges to the constitution.

This panel will explore Trump’s pledges, potential threats to civil liberties for some members of our community, and challenges presented to the US constitution, a document intended to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority.

Presenters: Senator David Watters, NAACP President Rogers Johnson, Community Activist Nur Snoop, & Community Activist Selina Taylor. [Read more…]