Shadows Fall North

photo of statue at African Burying Ground Memorial Park, Portsmouth

Detail of statue by artist Jerome Meadows at the African Burying Ground Memorial Park in Portsmouth

Portsmouth, and many other towns in New Hampshire, have been home to enslaved natives of Africa and to African-Americans for more than 350 years, but their stories have often been left out of the official narrative. Our film, produced in collaboration with Atlantic Media Productions, chronicles the efforts of two community scholars and activists, Valerie Cunningham and JerriAnne Boggis, to bring to light stories of Africans and African-Americans in New Hampshire, from slavery to the Civil Rights era.  The full film debuted on May 26, 2016 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth as part of their Film Matters series. A nine-minute preview can be viewed at, where upcoming screening dates will also be posted.  DVD's are not yet publicly available, but we can provide review copies upon request.