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Juneteenth Celebration – Black Heritage Trail of NH

Middle Street Baptist Church
18 Court St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States603-436-2337

Celebrate Juneteenth with community dialogue, a soul food lunch, film, a Black Heritage tour, African drumming and dance exhibition and ending with a retrospective African-American musical performance. This year’s theme is Law and Order: an American Dilemma. Suggested donation $20 for day and evening events.

Schedule of Events
10:30 am Community Dialogue
Law & Order in Black & White
Facilitated by Devon Chaffee

Video: The Scholar & the Sailor
A convicted felon and an academic come to change each others’ lives through a passion for sailing and the written word.

Jeff Bolster, The Making of The Scholar & the Sailor

William (Billy) Celester, “My Checkered Past”

12:00 pm Soul Food Lunch

12:30 pm Community Dialogue
Law & Inequality: Race, Class & Gender
Facilitated by Allyson Ryder

Opening trailer for It is Criminal
Explores the economic and social inequities that divide the United States and offers a vision of how separated communities can learn to speak to each other.

Pati Hernandez, “Lessons from Telling my Story”
Courtney Marshall, “Inequalities in the Law”
2:00 pm Black History Tour
Lives Bound Together: The Washingtons & Ona Marie Judge in NH
With Tour Guide & Sankofa Scholar, Tammi Truax
(This tour is part of the regular Sankofa Walking Tour schedule. Register in advance online.)

3:00 pm African Drumming & Dance Celebration
Freedom in the Drums, featuring the Akwaaba Ensemble
Led by Theo Marty, the group will perform at the African Burying Ground Memorial Park

7:00 pm Evening Concert
Trouble Don’t Last Always
Suggested Donation: $20
A historic retrospective of Black American song reflecting & deflecting the oppressive power of prison life from Old to New Jim Crow.
Featuring TJ Wheeler, Rev. Robert Thompson and Gina Alibrio