Black Heritage Trail of NH presents Tea Talk Series

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Funded in part by New Hampshire Humanities, the Black Heritage Trail of NH will host two additional programs in the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talk series. These dialogues act as a catalyst for deeper excavating of New Hampshire’s Black history, while also facilitating intellectual and communal connections between racism’s grip on our past and its contemporary manifestations.


The Coloring of Law and Punishment: Exploring the Role of Race, Ethnicity and Class in Incarceration

Saturday, January 19, 2:00-4:00 pm, University of NH Law School, Concord  Event details
This dialogue will explore the history of law and punishment in New Hampshire, disproportionate incarceration rates of racial and ethnic minorities, and the social impact of mass incarceration. Presenters will examine the consequences of incarceration on communities of color, intensifying surveillance and criminalization of poor and Black communities, and what a shift from punitive to restorative justice within our criminal system could look like.

Presenters: Devon Chaffee, Bill Celester, Carlos Camacho, Dan Feltes
Moderator: Tonya Evans (TBC)


Sites of Memory: Reconstructing the Past

Saturday, February 2, 2:00-4:00 pm, Dartmouth College, Hanover  Event details
In a compelling speech about race in America, Mitch Landrieu said, “There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence of it.” Through discussing physical and artistic sites of memory, this panel will explore how widely accepted narratives of our collective past shape and inform our collective present social identity.

Presenters: Dr. David Watters, Eric Aldrich, Joel Christian Gill
Moderator: Dr. Graziella Parati

Both programs are free and open to the public! For more information, visit