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.  





A note from the Center for the Humanities
In the years since our documentary Shadows Fall North premiered in 2016, hundreds of people have experienced its powerful account of a community coming together to honor Black history and to learn about the forgotten people and stories in their cities and towns.  Almost everyone who sees Shadows Fall North asks us two questions: Why didn’t I know these stories before? and How can I get more people to see this? We share your desire to make Shadows Fall North even more widely accessible.  And this year we hope to create a new version of the film to reach even more people.  A shortened cut of the film will enable us to: 1) 
Share the film with K-12 educators trying to integrate more Black history into their curricula 2) Pursue national PBS broadcast 3) Sell DVD copies to anyone interested, not just in NH but all across the country 4) Allow our partner, the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, to share the film with visitors.  Creating this new version will take time and resources.  That’s why gifts made to the UNH Center for Humanities during the (603) Challenge this year are going to directly support the works of our editors at Atlantic Media Productions as they create this new, more acwe would be deeply grateful.  Thank you for your support.cessible version of Shadows Fall North, and that's why any additional donations to the Center will support that effort.  If you are able to make a gift, you can do so at our secure online giving form.  Thank you.  We are grateful for your support.   
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