Black heritage in New England

One of my goals is to visit the 50 states, I have to figure out how many states I have to go but I’ve never been to Maine or New Hampshire and neither has my mom, so we decided to hop in the car and a take a mini road trip. Our first stop was Portland Maine, Portland is a beautiful city with lots of shops by the waterfront. Just a few blocks up in a quiet neighborhood sits the Abyssinian Meeting House, said to be built 1828 by free African Americans was a major hub for the Underground Railroad in Maine. Today the Abyssinian Meeting House is under restoration, to find out more about the Abyssinian Meetin House it’s restoration visit http://www.abyme.org

Our next stop was Portsmouth New Hampshire. Portsmouth is another beautiful small city with a lot to offer. The  historic downtown district is filled shops. Portsmouth is definitely a city you want to park your car in one of the many public parking lots and just stroll. I did just that and walked to the African  Burying Ground Memorial. In 1705 the Nergo Burial Ground was established but by 1813 houses had been built of the burial ground. Today this area is dedicated to those who were laid to rest here. To find out more about the  African Burying Ground Memorial visit http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org

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