Independent Historian

Valerie Cunningham is a native of New Hampshire and principle of the African American Resource Center since 1987.  Her research helped establish the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail in 1995.  She writes and lectures on the Black experience in northern New England from the period of Colonial slavery to the modern Civil Rights Movement.  Her writing includes co-authoring Black Portsmouth: Three Centuries of African-American Heritage (University Press of New England, 2004).

People’s Baptist Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1873- )

People’s Baptist Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, thrived for the first half of the 20th century as the state’s first and only black congregation.  It served a New England coastal community where African Americans represented 4% of the population.  People’s Baptist was the spiritual home … Read MorePeople’s Baptist Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1873- )