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Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Portsmouth NH

Portsmouth, New Hampshire , has been home to Africans and black Americans for more than 350 years. This walking and driving tour takes the visitor to sites where Portsmouth ’s black residents lived, worked, prayed and celebrated.  It reflects stories omitted from three centuries of white historical narrative. The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail is designed as a self-guided walking and driving tour of 24 designated sites. Guided group tours are available by appointment.

Civil War-related sites on the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail include:

Prescott Park and Puddle Dock at Strawbery Banke Museum, marking an entry point for ships returning from Africa and the West Indies with African captives and enslaved blacks from other colonies to be sold at Portsmouth taverns.

The Music Hall, beautifully restored, which occupies the site where black abolitionist leaders, such as William Wells Brown, Frederick Douglass and Charles Lenox Remond, appeared during the antebellum struggle to end southern slavery.

South Church where women members of the Unitarian congregation are reputed to have been part of the pre-Civil War "Underground Railroad," violating federal law by helping fugitive slaves out of the country


The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail presents its 7th annual symposium on May 14, 2011. The topic is:

“The Civil War: Race and Representation in

New England ”.  From 9 am to 2pm. $15 includes lunch. At the Discover Portsmouth Center , 10 Middle St. Portsmouth . 603-431-2768

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Inc.


43 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801






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