New Hampshire

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

Dates/Times:

Sunday 9/5, 2:00-3:30 PM

Saturday 9/18, 2:00-3:30 PM

Sunday 10/3, 2:00-3:30 PM

Location: 222 Court St. Portsmouth, NH

Admission: $10-$20

Description:

Seafaring was one of the most significant occupations among both enslaved and free Black men between 1740 and 1865. Black sailors sailed on whalers, warships, and privateers. Some were enslaved and forced to work at sea, but by 1800 most seamen were free to seek adventure and economic opportunity aboard ship. On this tour you will meet a mariner who was also husband to Ona Marie Judge, the escaped servant of President and Martha Washington. Experience old Portsmouth through the stories of Jack Staines, one of the seamen known as a “Black Jack.” Click here to go to the BHTNH event page.

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Event: Ain’t She A Woman: Let me tell you her story

Dates/Times:

Saturday 9/11, 2:00-3:30 PM

Saturday 10/9, 2:00-3:30 PM

Location: 222 Court St. Portsmouth, NH

Admission: $10-$20

Description:

Can you imagine the hustle and bustle of a prosperous Colonial seaport town? This tour invites you to discover the world of early Portsmouth from the perspective of African American women in America. In spite of enslavement and hardship, these women fought for freedom, defied a sitting president, and educated generations of children. Hear their stories about love of family and community, about faith and struggle, as you walk past now-silent homes built by the enslavers. Click here to go to BHTNH event page.

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Event: The Lies We Were Taught: The Black Family

Dates/Times:

Sunday, 9/12 2:00-3:30 PM

Sunday, 10/17 2:00-3:30 PM

Location: 222 Court St. Portsmouth, NH

Admission: $10-$20

Description:

At the turn of the 19th century, Black abolitionists are changing public attitudes about slavery and challenging racial bias in the courts. In Portsmouth, never-enslaved and now-freed Black adults share households with not-yet-free elders and children who are owned by their buyers. It is a time of possibilities, hope and fear. True stories about these families will describe how a community of Black Americans were striving to create a life and place in this northern state. Click here to go to BHTNH event page.

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Event: Not a slave, yet not free: Harriet E. Wilson and the Abolition Movement in Milford, N.H

Dates/Times:

Sunday, 9/19 2:00-3:30 PM

Sunday, 10/3 2:00-3:30 PM

Location: Congregational Church, 10 Union St. Milford, NH

Admission: $10-$20

Description:

Harriet E. Wilson was the first African American of any gender to publish a novel on the North American continent. Her book Our Nig, or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black was published in 1859.
Born a free person of color in New Hampshire, Wilson was orphaned when young and bound until the age of 18 as an indentured servant. She struggled to make a living after that, marrying twice; her only son George died at the age of seven in the poor house, where she had placed him while trying to survive as a widow. She wrote one novel. Wilson later was associated with the Spiritualist Church and was paid on the public lecture circuit for speaking about her life. Click here to go to BHTNH event page.

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Event: Portsmouth Green Book Tour

Dates/Times:

Sunday, 9/19, 2:00-3:30 PM

Sunday, 10/10, 2:00-3:30 PM

Location: 222 Court St. Portsmouth, NH

Admission: $10-$20

Description:

There were many variations of the Green Books that were used as a tool by African Americans who went places to enjoy themselves without concerns of experiencing racism

On this tour you will see the places and hear the stories of the local people whose homes served as safe vacation spots for African American travelers who wanted to find safety places and avoid the humiliation often experiencing discrimination that could, without warning, prohibit black people from entering the same spaces as whites. Click here to go to BHTNH event page.

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