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Juneteenth Events Happening in New Hampshire

Posted Jun 16, 2021

This weekend will bring many opportunities to recognize Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates the date on which enslaved Black people in Texas received news of the end of the Civil War and emancipation. It has been celebrated primarily in African American communities for over 150 years, but has been largely overlooked by most other Americans.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance will be closed Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth and the historic milestone it represents in promoting equal justice to all.

The following list of events and activities celebrating Juneteenth in New Hampshire was prepared by NHLA's Human Resources Director, Jeff Kelcourse.

Juneteenth Celebration 2021 - Food, Music, More!

Saturday, June 19 (11 AM to 2 PM). Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street, Nashua, NH

Juneteenth 2021 - Art of the Story: Exploring how DNA Powers a Changing Narrative

Saturday, June 19 (10 AM to 11:30 AM). Black Heritage Trail of NH, 222 Court Street, Portsmouth, NH. This virtual event is free. Registration is required. Visit blackheritagetrailnh.org.

Juneteenth Block Party - Music, Food, and Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, June 19 (2 PM to 8:30 PM). The Hop Knot, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester, NH

A Joyful Juneteenth Celebration with N'Kenge

Friday, June 18 (7:30 PM - 9:30 PM). The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH. Tickets and more information at (603) 436-2400.

Found Lineage: Celebrating African American Roots and Branches

Thursday, June 17 through Saturday, June 19. Black Heritage Trail of NH, 222 Court Street, Portsmouth, NH. For more information and workshop schedules go to blackheritagetrailnh.org.

Milford Black Heritage Trail Self-Guided Tour Book

This self-guided walking tour of downtown Milford NH’s Black Heritage Trail is approximately 3.5 miles. It also highlights the life of novelist Harriet E. Wilson. Download a printable PDF of the Downtown Milford Map and Site Key to 13 sites at http://blackheritagetrailnh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Downtown-Milford-BHTNH-Trail.pdf.

Concord, NH Black Heritage Virtual Tour

The Rev. Bob Thompson and David Watters host a presentation on the rediscovery of Concord NH’s Black heritage. The 48-minute YouTube video presents sites and notable African Americans from Concord’s founding until recent times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhNu6mWn4xI

African Burying Ground - Portsmouth, NH

During the 1700’s when the Burying Ground was actively used, the area that is now Chestnut Street was the undeveloped outskirts of town. Over time, as Portsmouth grew it was paved over and built over and many forgot of its existence. Today, we recognize this important place as the only known African Burying Ground in all of New England that dates to this era. In honor of those forgotten feel free to watch the poetry video memorial regarding the African Burying Ground and the vigil-reburial events that was recorded at this website: http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org/