2006 Black New England Conference
Life, History, and Community in Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont
A 2-day conference that gathered scholars, teachers, researchers, community members and members of local organizations to share their work and insights on the Black experience past and present in northern New England.
Friday, June 23: UNH Memorial Union Building
Rooms 338 & 340
Session #1: Black Culture in Northern New England
W. Jeffery Bolster—"Race & Place in New England"
Kari Winter—"Africans in Early Vermont: Jeffery Brace & His Contemporaries"
David Watters—"Black Yankee Tricksters: Historical Anecdotes and Race in New Hampshire"
Session #2: Black Life in Northern New England
Reginald Pitts—"The Blanchards: Living And Thriving in Milford, New Hampshire"
Valerie Cunningham—'Rock Rest: An African American Resort in the Age of Segregation"
Craig S. Wilder—"'N_____ School': The Plight of Noyes Academy in Canaan, New Hampshire"
Session #3: Keynote Address & Opening Reception (MUB Theatre 1)
James O. Horton
Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History, George Washington University
"Race and Slavery in New England From the American Revolution to Abolition."
Saturday, June 24: UNH Huddleston Hall Ballroom
Session #1: Black Presence in 19th Century Northern New England
Rachel Talbot Ross—"Malaga Island: The Destruction of an African American Community"
Jane Williamson—"The Underground Railroad in Vermont"
JerriAnne Boggis—"The Resurrection of Harriet E. Wilson, an African American Novelist"
Session #2: Black History in New England Museums, Historical Societies, and Communities
James O. Horton and Lois E. Horton—"African American History and Public History"
Rev. Arthur Hilson—"The Black Church as Community"
Session #3: Black Family History and Genealogy
Reginald Pitts— "Methods to Researching Black Families"
Bob Greene—"Cumberland County: Home for Eight Generations"
Elise Guyette—"Lincoln Hill: 1790-1870: Black Hill Farmers in Northern Vermont"
Session #4: Civil Rights and Current Issues
Harvard Sitkoff— "Civil Rights and New England"
Fred Ross— "The NAACP and New Hampshire"
Keita Whitten— "Dialogues in Diversity: The Voices of Anti-Oppression Peer Educators in Portland, Maine"
Rachel Talbot Ross
Session #5: Tour of Historic Black Sites/ Strawbery Banke Museum/ Portsmouth, NH
Participants will drive/carpool to Strawbery Banke Museum for tour of sites and closing reception.
Strawbery Banke is a 20 min. ride from UNH.