Too Long in the Shadows: African American History in Rural New Hampshire

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Why is understanding African American history in rural New Hampshire relevant to all of the state’s inhabitants, not just people of color? To support a conversation about race, local history, and social equity, New Hampshire Humanities is funding "Too Long in the Shadows: African American History in Rural New Hampshire," a series organized by the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, on Tuesday, June 1 in Warner and Sunday, June 10 in Newbury.

What are the challenges facing historians researching local history of African Americans? What does this study reveal about the way early local historians interpreted the African American presence in rural New Hampshire? Are similar attitudes still present in the way African Americans are portrayed in contemporary society?

Shadows Fall North Documentary & Discussion
Friday, June 1, 7:00 pm, Warner Town Hall, 5 E. Main Street, Warner

A documentary focusing on the efforts of two dedicated historic preservationists and activists, Valerie Cunningham of Portsmouth and JerriAnne Boggis of Milford, to recover the stories of people who have been rendered nearly invisible in the historical record.

Too Long in the Shadows, A Talk by Lynn Clark and Rebecca Courser
Sunday, June 10, 4:00-5:30 pm, Fells Main House, 456 Rte. 103A, Newbury

A talk by Lynn Clark and Rebecca Courser about their research on rural, free-black settlement in post-Revolutionary New Hampshire, documenting stories of many African American inhabitants in five towns in the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region. While the histories of these individuals are important in their own right, what they reveal about the attitudes and prejudices of the early local historians is perhaps more relevant.

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