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  • The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire — Honoring John Lewis, Thank you to local artists and more


    Celebrating Resilience, Versatility, and Courage

    BHTNH honors the passing of Congressman John Lewis, the Conscience of the Congress.  Unlike other icons of the civil rights era whose early deaths compressed their memories into historical abstractions for later generations, Lewis was a living, breathing, outspoken soldier for social justice. Thank you, Congressman Lewis, for your years of service to this nation. 
    Attend this public screening and memorial for John Lewis tonight, July 24, at 8:00 PM at Derryfield Park in Manchester. This event is hosted by Black Lives Matter NashuaRed River Theatres and Black Lives Matter Manchester. 
    Learn more here

    August 3, 2020

    The deadline for submitting proposals for the 14th Annual Black New England Conference is fast approaching! To be considered as a presenter please submit a one-page abstract along with a brief one-paragraph bio to info@blackheritagetrailnh.org.


    Leading the Charge for Social and Political Change

    will celebrate, examine, and make visible Black women’s leadership and activism in fights for political and social change. 
    Read more here
    BHTNH would like to thank Madison Person for donating the funds raised from the sale of her prints of Breonna Taylor to the Trail, and local improv troupe Dorks in Dungeons for donating the income from a virtual performance last week. 
    Learn more about Peterson's work here.
    Learn more about Dorks in Dungeons here
    Our special thanks to Petersen Engineering for joining us on our first private guided tour of the 2020 season and for supporting us through the purchase of $10,000 worth of tax credits. 
    Email karen@starfisheffect.com to learn more about how purchasing tax credits can support the Trail and benefit your company. 
    Saturday, July 25 | 10:00 AM

    Ain’t She A Woman: Let Me Tell You Her Story

    Sankofa Tour Guide: Valerie Fagin
    This tour invites you to discover the world of early Portsmouth from the perspective of African American women. In spite of enslavement and hardship, these women fought for freedom, defied a sitting president, and educated generations of children to follow. 
    Register here
    Saturday, July 25 | 2:00 PM

    Thirst for Freedom: From NH’s Slave Trade to Its Civil Rights Movement

    Sankofa Scholar & Tour Guide: Nur Shoop
    In the 20th century, the legacy of our early history was reflected in news about de facto segregation in housing and public places. This tour includes many of those historic landmarks from the early nineteenth through the twentieth centuries.
    Register here
    Sunday, July 26 | 2:00 PM

    Meet Jack Stains, a “Black Jack” in Historic Old Portsmouth: A Living History Tour

    Sankofa Scholar & Tour Guide: Kevin Wade Mitchel as Jack Staines

    On this tour, you will meet Jack Staines, husband to Ona Judge Staines, who was enslaved to the President and Martha Washington’s, and experience Portsmouth through the life of one of its Black seamen.
    Register here
    See the full listing of guided tours here


    July 23, July 28, July 30

    The Seacoast Moms Collective presents their first online speaker series, "On Race", with a discussion about raising anti-racist kids, how parents can be allies, and what it’s like raising Black children on the Seacoast.
    Read more here
    Though A. Philip Randolph (seen here with John Lewis) grew up in Jacksonville, lived in New York City, and made his mark on Washington, he also had an impact on Boston’s African-American community. Even today, his nine-foot sculpture in the train station may inspire commuters who take the time to read his words at the base: “Freedom is never granted; It is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted.”
    Read more here 
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