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Setting History Straight: Shadows Fall North is Community Triumph Community

Setting History Straight: Shadows Fall North is Community Triumph

At the Shadows Fall North premiere, from left: Burt Feintuch, UNH English professor & Director, Center for the Humanities, UNH; Valerie Cunningham, historian & founder, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail; JerriAnne Boggis, Director, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail; Brian Vawter, Director & Editor of Shadows Fall North; Nancy Vawter, Producer, Atlantic Media Productions; Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History, UNH & panel moderator; Chris Curtis, Music Hall Programming Coordinator No one expected a Tuesday night documentary exposing hard truths about African American history in New Hampshire to be a sellout event. Yet, nearly 700 people came to see the world premiere of Shadows Fall North in The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on May 26. Produced by UNH’s Center for the Humanities and Atlantic Media Productions, the film features the key players responsible for Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground memorial park, honoring the centuries-old souls discovered beneath city sidewalks more than a decade ago. And it delves deep into the overlooked history of racism in Northern New England. A rallying cry to acknowledge untold stories and set history straight, it brought the house to a standing ovation. Read More Read More
African Burying Ground Celebration: Q&A With Chris Dwyer Community

African Burying Ground Celebration: Q&A With Chris Dwyer

The following Q&A with African Burying Ground committee member and Portsmouth City Councilor Chris Dwyer, is the final interview with three of the individuals who have volunteered their time and expertise to bring the Portsmouth African Burying Ground project to fruition with a Memorial Day weekend celebration taking place May 20 to May 23. Regina Baraban (RB): When, and why, did you first get involved as a member of the African Burying Ground committee? Chris Dwyer (CD): I had attended the public planning processes in 2007 that were initiated by the City to plan for the memorial. I became the City Council’s representative to the project the next year when former Councilor Hynes stepped down from office and I’ve served as the Council representative since then. Just as I was joining the committee, we began the process of selecting the artist Jerome Meadows to develop the public art for the site. Read More Read More

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