The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail will present a series of walking tours with local historian and author, Valerie Cunningham. The tours will highlight the history of Africans and Black Yankees in Portsmouth since 1645. The Sankofa Tours include places where enslaved Africans lived, worshiped and were buried in Colonial Portsmouth, and sites where Black Abolitionists and Civil Rights activists from Frederick Douglass to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. have stood.
The tours leave at 1PM from Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. (on the corner of Middle and Islington Streets). Tickets are $5 for Portsmouth Historical Society members/ $10 non-members. For more information please call the Front Desk (603) 436-8433.
Valerie Cunningham is an award-winning historic preservationist and Portsmouth native, and has spent more than thirty years researching and writing about northern New England’s Black history. She is a community activist with seemingly boundless energy, she is the founder of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Inc. and directs the African American Resource Center.