University of New Hampshire Film Explores African American History in the State

unhThe Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire has produced a film that explores the university’s and the state of New Hampshire’s history regarding slavery and racial segregation. The film is the work of historians Valerie Cunningham and JerriAnne Boggis.

One of the focuses of the film is the discovery of coffins from the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, that were discovered by city workers during a construction project.

The film Shadows Fall North will have its debut late this month at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A preview of the film can be viewed below.


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  1. Adelaide Solomon-Jordan says:

    Completing the story, that is what this film goes such a long way toward doing.

    Thank you Valerie, for your years of sister friendship. This is such a tribute to your life as a member of a New Hampshire African American family and all the African descent families of early New England down to the present time.

    I too, as a descendent of the Massachusetts Berkshires, Persip-Hoose families work toward completing our story in this part of Nee England.

    See you at the premiere!

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