It Happened In New Hampshire: Black History in the Granite State


The first enslaved African arrived in New Hampshire in 1645. There’s a long, rich Black history in the Granite State. Colonial New Hampshire newspapers testify to the state’s slave trade, runaways, abolitionists, and anti-abolitionist activities, followed by conflicting opinions about the Civil War. In the 20th century, the legacy of that early history was reflected in news about de facto segregation in housing and public places.

For this panel, you will hear the story of Black Revolutionary War soldier Jude Hall of Exeter and first-hand stories about the Civil Rights Movement in New Hampshire including the Reverse Freedom rides of 1962 to our state.

Presenters: Sharon Jones, singer and activist; Renay Allen, author; Barbara Baker Williams, Reverse Freedom Rider

Moderator: Senator David Watters, Ph.D.

The winter Tea Talk series, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) and sponsored in part by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit


Event Details


Sunday, February 28, 2021 2:00pm


222 Court Street
Portsmouth NH 03801

Hosted By:

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

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