Black Heritage Trail of NH to Hold 2019 Spring Symposium: Emancipation & the 13th Amendment: The Legacy of Enslavement
The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) will again hold its Spring Symposium on May 4, 2019, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth. The Spring Symposium is an annual event where scholars share their insights and knowledge with the public in an interactive dialogue to gain better understanding of key issues in our race relations.
The 2019 symposium entitled Emancipation & the 13th Amendment: The Legacy of Enslavement will explore the legacy of enslavement and the psychological effects of centuries of systemic racism that have resulted in multigenerational adaptive behaviors that are detrimental and destructive to the nation. The program will also explore how varying levels of socially learned stress related issues were passed along through generations as a result of slavery. Through interactive dialogue with the presenters, participants will have an opportunity to unlock their own truths by critically evaluating history, medicine, science and education.
The legacy of enslavement is particularly relevant today. While the United States is considered a place where all men are created equal, it began as a slave society. According to the Spring Symposium program director, JerriAnne Boggis, “this history of enslavement has left an indelible imprint on our nation’s soul. Recent racially violent events that occurred in towns from Claremont, NH to Charlottesville, VA have put a spotlight on the country’s failure to have authentic conversations about slavery and its legacy.”
The event will begin with a walking tour guided by Sankofa Scholar and BHTNH Board Member Angela Matthews entitled Enslaved Bodies, Free Minds: The Making of a Black Community in Portsmouth, NH. She will share the stories of important sites on the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and the African Americans who lived there.
The hour-long tour will be followed by the Address and Interactive Dialogue,
“Re-membering”: An act of resistance to combat the wounds inflicted by slavery, by Dr. Dottie Morris, a member of the Keene State College President’s Cabinet and the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity.
After a catered lunch, Christle Rawlins-Jackson will share an artistic presentation entitled Fighting through and emerging from the era of slavery: A Family story of success. Rawlins-Jackson is an artist, photographer, and poet who uses of a variety of mediums as conduits for creative expression who is currently in the process of writing about her maternal ancestors the Black Loyalist of Nova Scotia as well as the Nipmuc of Natick, Massachusetts. She is the current president of The Beacon Hill Scholars; an organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of nineteenth century African American abolitionists who lived and owned businesses on Beacon Hill.
The afternoon Address and Interactive Dialogue will be facilitated by James DeWolf Perry. Perry was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as the principal historical consultant for the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, in which he also appears as a descendant of James DeWolf, the leading slave-trader in U.S. history. He co-founded the Tracing Center and now leads many of the center’s public programs on racial healing and equity, as well as professional workshops for educators and public history professionals.
The event will close with a discussion by Dottie Morris and James DeWolf Perry entitled
Healing the Wounds. The panelists and audience will discuss ways that we can use the knowledge of an authentic and true history to heal as a nation from the wounds of the past to create a more equitable society which recognizes the value of all people.
BHTNH 2019 Spring Symposium
May 4, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
St John’s Church, 101 Chapel Street, Portsmouth NH
Register Online at http://blackheritagetrailnh.org/2019-spring-symposium/
$35 TOUR & SYMPOSIUM (includes lunch)
$25 SYMPOSIUM ONLY (includes lunch)
$20 TOUR ONLY
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