Event Details

  • May 20, 2018
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 25.00
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Event Description

Refreshingly affordable and different with its authentic “open air” seating and magnificent oak and brass appointments, our Sankofa Trolley Tour will be an unforgettable experience that is both unique and fun! This informative overview of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail is just right for a first visit to the city or for those who prefer an alternative to a walking tour. Our well-trained and experienced Sankofa Scholars narrate an hour and a half tour of sites that tell the stories of Black people from the time they arrived on the colonial-era wharves lining the waterfront, to laboring in the local maritime-related industries, until New Hampshire joined the Union by adopting the MLK Holiday in 2000. These stories shatter the false impression that New Hampshire has no Black history, that slavery didn’t happen here, that there was no Civil Rights Movement here, or that it’s too cold for Black people here. See where real history is still being made and reflect at the cemeteries where many of the named and unknown have been laid to rest, including a stop at the 18th century African Burying Ground and Memorial. BHTNH offers these special Sankofa Tours in partnership with Seacoast Trolley, a locally owned and operated transportation company. Seacoast Trolleys were built by Molley Trolley of Wells, Maine, near replicas of the first horse powered, then electric cars that serviced the Seacoast from 1897 to about 1927. Our route will pass over some original spurs and rails, still below the pavement. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are strongly encouraged. $25 pp. Each tour boards, departs, and returns to Christ Episcopal Church parking lot at 1035 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth. Free parking is available. Trolley tours depart at 2pm. More information at 603-380-1231, nhblackhistory@aol.com Trolley tours depart at 2pm.

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