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Portsmouth African Burying Ground Memorial (Photo by Cheryl Senter)

Portsmouth African Burying Ground Memorial (Photo by Cheryl Senter)

Honoring Black History Month

New Hampshire nonprofits offer events to illuminate the past and inform the present

We’ve said it before and will say it again: nonprofits do it all in New Hampshire, including preserving and examining our history. New Hampshire nonprofits are hosting a variety of events to honor Black History Month.

Here is a sampling:

The Seacoast African American Cultural Center and Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail present a series of events through March 12 at the Discover Portsmouth Center. The Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks link African-American history with current issues: talks range from “The Unreconstructed North: Assimilation, Apartheid & Reconciliation” to a film discussion of the 2016 film “The Birth of a Nation.” On March 5, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge” will be in town for a reading. Judge escaped from the Washingtons in 1796 and fled to Portsmouth.  Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti will portray Judge in a living history performance.

The New Hampshire Humanities Council brings the living history presentation “I Can’t Die But Once – Harriet Tubman’s Civil War,” to the Hampstead Public Library on February 14, with Quezaire-Presutti portraying Tubman.

Quezaire-Presutti will portray Judge again on February 21 in a presentation at the Dover Public Library.

On February 25, the Seacoast African American Cultural Center will welcome chef Wheeler del Torro for a popup restaurant event. Tickets to that event are available through SAACC.org.

Portsmouth’s Black Heritage Trail and African Burying Ground commemorate New Hampshire’s African-American history all year round.

Please join the Foundation in supporting the nonprofits that celebrate our diversity and help us learn from our history.