Portsmouth History

In recognition of Black History Month, website Mic.com launched what it’s calling the Black Monuments Project, which imagines new memorials for African American heroes in every state.

 

New Hampshire’s entry is Dinah Whipple, who’s credited with opening the first school for African American children in New Hampshire.

 

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Ona Judge, a runaway slave who evaded George Washington himself, lived most of her on New Hampshire’s Seacoast after gaining her freedom. Her story isn't well known, but there are many who are working to keep Judge’s history – and the history of the black community in Portsmouth – alive.