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200 African Graves in NH from 1705 with ancestral treasures intact invite your visit and inquiry.

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Funded by the Community to the tune of $1.2M in Portsmouth New Hampshire – 200 slave grave remains and ancestral treasures now to live in their permanent Portsmouth home.

 Research supports the interpretation that this location was the site of a “Negro Burying Ground” referenced in early town records. This segregated burying area for colonial-era AfricanAmericans may have been in use as early as 1705 in what was then the outskirts of town.

African Burying Ground Trust – 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 610-7226

Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground Committee Announces Events Marking Completion of Memorial Park Project Events Including Reburial Ceremony, May 20th – May 23rd




PORTSMOUTH, NH – The City of Portsmouth and its Mayoral-appointed African Burying Ground Committee have announced a multi-day commemoration to coincide with the completion of the African Burying Ground Memorial Park – We Stand in Honor of Those Forgotten.

A reburial ceremony for the remains that were exhumed as part of site excavations on October 7, 2003 will be held in the morning of Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Chestnut Street.

A series of events leading up to the reburial will include an onsite visit by Middle School students with project artist and sculpture Jerome Meadows, an unveiling of the artworks, an ancestral vigil and, after the reburial ceremony, a large public celebration at Portsmouth Middle School.

“We are returning the Chestnut Street site to sacred ground; the Portsmouth community has found a meaningful and powerful way of honoring those buried beneath the street,” said Vernis Jackson, Chair of the African Burying Ground Committee. “These events are about remembering the dead and returning the remains to the earth, as well as acknowledging the site’s history and celebrating the community-wide effort that has made this project possible.”

The City, the African Burying Ground Committee and a group of dedicated volunteers have raised over $1.1 million towards the project. A total of $60,000 remains to be raised, according to Jackson. “We still need the community’s help to put our fundraising over the top,” Jackson said. “Now is the time for everyone who wishes to be a part of this important Portsmouth project to contribute.” (Donations may be made on the secure website or by check c/o African Burying Ground, 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth NH 03801.)

Final Site Work
In the coming weeks, project contractors will return to the site to finish remaining work, which includes installations of the decorative fence at the Court Street end and decorative pavement for the travel lane, as well as remaining work on sidewalks, blue stone, and granite seat walls. Finally, in May, the original works of outdoor public art will be installed. “We have reached out to the abutters to make them aware of the remaining work and schedule, they have been incredibly supportive of this project for which we are grateful,” Chair Jackson said.

Reburial Service and Public Celebration

  • Wednesday, May 20th – 9:00 a.m. On-site event with artist and sculptor Jerome Meadows, Portsmouth Middle School students and the community for artist discussion and to view student-designed tiles in for the Park’s decorative railing.
  • Friday, May 22nd – African Burying Ground Ancestral Vigil at New Hope Baptist Church. Services at 7 p.m., midnight and 6 a.m. with opportunities throughout the night for members of the community to participate.
  • Saturday, May 23rd –
    • 8:30 a.m. – Reburial Ceremony at African Burying Ground
    • 10:30 a.m. – Public Celebration at Portsmouth Middle School Auditorium
    • 7:00 p.m. – Blind Boys of Alabama at The Music Hall – A concert in recognition and celebration of the African Burying Ground Memorial

For full schedule and details please visit


On an October morning in 2003, a series of coffins were revealed during infrastructure upgrades in the heart of the Portsmouth’s downtown. Through archaeology and DNA analysis the City confirmed the site was a segregated burying place for Africans and their descendants (likely both enslaved and free) where as many as 200 individuals may be buried below. Their names are unknown and their resting place – in use from the early 1700s through to the 19th century – was paved over, built over and mostly forgotten as Portsmouth expanded from the waterfront. Only one other site in Northern New England -the African Burying Ground National Park- is of comparable age and history.
Since 2004, the Mayoral-appointed African Burying Ground Committee has worked with the Mayor and City Council, the community in public forums, and the Chestnut Street abutters to create a plan to return the site to sacred ground. In order to acknowledge this history and make it accessible, understood and experienced by residents and visitors, the Portsmouth community has chosen to close this public street and transform the downtown City block into a public place of reverence, reflection and learning. The original works of outdoor public art created for this Park will connect this site to the African continent and people, call to mind the skilled labor of enslaved and free Africans that built Portsmouth and its maritime economy, and honor the people buried beneath the street.

To date, the African Burying Ground Committee and a group of dedicated volunteers has raised over $1.1 million towards the $1.2 million goal. This has included over 600 donations ranging from $5 to $100,000; the City of Portsmouth has contributed $250,000 towards the project construction. Honorary chairs of the fund-raising campaign are Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

To learn more about the African Burying Ground, visit

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May 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Overview of the Ogwashi-Uku Association, USA, and the Africans who came to Boston for it.

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Josephine Chiedu Toks photo

Josephine Chiedu-toks

Boston blacks: the African Americans, Caribbeans,  Haitians, Canadians, the Africans and others rarely support each other’s organizations like the National Urban League, the NAACP, the Haitian Reporter newspaper, the Bay State Banner, etc.. it may be  fair to say.

Over time, this blog service will create a mashup of organizations founded by distinct black ethnic groups in Boston.

Paris blacks look up to the African American these days. They are studying the Black American Civil Rights movement, giving props to Obama and educating themselves about how African Americans have achieved so much in the United States, despite being brought here as slaves.   Boston’s first blacks checked into town on the slave ship name “Desire” in 1600.

And so what, bloggers are questioning the lifestyle of Obama’s dad, so what? – there’s nothing to learn there except this: Blacks know each other but there are things blacks do not respect about each other.  Click the commentlink for this article to add your point of view.

This post introduces the OGWASHI-UKU ASSOCIATION, USAJosephine

( in the photo) was elected “the boss” at the The·6th Biennial Ogwashi-Uku Association, USA Inc.,·National Convention held in Boston, Massachusetts· July 1 – July 2, 2011, has come and gone and it was incredibly well-attended, breath-takingly colorful and was indeed a spectacularly unqualified success.   At the event, a distinguished crop of new members of the Executive Committee was elected.More info is available right here on the Ogwashi-Uku Association Web Site

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July 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Apple’s iPad in 5 digitalPlumbing dashes

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Watched Steve Jobs demo the iPad and it was so cool.
Go Steve!! You da man!!

Cool photo of the Amazing Motorola EnvoyDEAR STEVE: Did you ever see, sir, the Motorola Envoy wireless device? (photo to the left)

Do you know it could  send faxes too?  Can your iPad send a fax direct to a regular fax machine from anywhere?

I bet it won’t!

to wit:  we sent a fax from an Envoy while sitting on the Massachusetts state house steps, read our emails,  etc., but that was 20 years ago and  it worked wirelessly with little effort.

The Envoy is buried in vain now,  now this:

5 dashes from a digitalPlumber

– at less than $500 retail today, your  iPad seems like a winner! And, its got a black face plate cover.  Oh, wow!

– those schools who have stocked up on the Amazon Kindle should return them

– don’t know the facts yet, but if you gotta pay Apple big licensing fees to make software that will run on it, then its a PROBLEM.  If the iPad software licensing policy descriminates against FOSS programers then they should be pissed about this.

–  Apple should co-invest with  LTE wireless technology companies to insure this thing will run  everywhere there is oxygen and LTE cells on the planet.

– prediction: African entrepeneurs who live in areas on Africa’s continent where there is no governmental mission to administer and monetize waste disposables could enjoy the largest profits by producing and selling  cool iPad  covers and cases for the unit as they work with those abundant raw materials their communities dump into the trash bin.

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January 28, 2010 at 11:02 pm

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