Black History is American History.


Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been home to Africans and African-Americans for more than 350 years. This Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail guide takes the reader to a selection of sites where Portsmouth’s black residents lived, worked, prayed and celebrated. It tells stories omitted from three centuries of white historical narrative.

Upon examination we find that against the odds of early enslavement and subsequent marginalization, Africans and their descendants built communities and families, founded institutions, and served their town, state and nation in many capacities.

Black culture informed and transformed American Popular culture. The black presence made other Americans describe themselves as white. The black civil rights movement remains a model for other marginalized Americans and an inspiration to the world. In brief, black history is American history-black history is everyone’s history.

Tea Talk for February 3.

Vicky Avery will lead this discussion about local slave history, focusing on two historic African American figures, Ceasar Wood and Ona Marie Judge Staines. Wood was a member of the Stratham regiment during the Revolutionary War. Ms. Avery will detail her research and the recovery of his burial site. She will also relate the story of one of Martha Washington’s slaves, Ona Marie Judge, who escaped from the president’s house in Philadelphia and who lived as a fugitive thereafter in Greenland.

This is the second in a series of Tea Talks on the Black History of the Seacoast area.

The public is invited to participate in the discussions on the first and third Sundays of each month at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle St., corner of Islington and Congress Streets..

Free admission.

Contact: JerriAnne Boggis or 603-433-8433.

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