"Beyond Forty Acres": Land Ownership, and Black Wealth

In the 1930s and 1940s, as African Americans in urban centers like New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston began to establish themselves as part of the middle and upper-middle class, they flocked to the East Coast shoreline in summer to take in the beach and the bonfires.

For this conversation, panelists will share the history and personal stories of land ownership, discriminatory practices that have prevented wealth accumulation, and the enormous loss of farmland that Black families have experienced. Panelists will share stories of upwardly mobile Black communities and how they have recast the borders of white spaces. They will also discuss urban renewal and innovative ways Black New England farmers are reclaiming the land and sowing the seeds of health and empowerment.

For registration (both in-person and virtual) please visit the 2023 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks Series page.

This program is part of a series, Bringing It Back: Conversations We Still Need, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and funded in part by a NHH Community Project Grant.

Event Details


Sunday, February 19, 2023 2:00pm


Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Ave
Portsmouth NH 03801

Hosted By:

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

Contact Info:

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire 603-570-8469