Resource for Connecting with Community

Seacoast African American Cultural Center


With concerts, educational programs, exhibits from notable artists, an active book group, and valuable collections of African artifacts, the Seacoast African American Cultural Center (SAACC) has become the hub of activity to showcase the contributions of individuals of African descent in the seacoast community.

SAACC was founded by a former Portsmouth, NH Teacher, Vernis M. Jackson who had a desire for, and who saw a need for an organization that would increase the visibility of the rich African-American culture that exists here in New England. Recognizing this need, SAACC was launched in 2000 with a coalition of members from various African American organizations in the Seacoast area.

Visit SAACC's newest exhibition: "WE THE PEOPLE"  A photographic exhibition commemorating and documenting the movement in New Hampshire.

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire


The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life in order to build more inclusive communities today. 

BHTNH raises awareness for New Hampshire’s Black history by fostering dialogues about race, diversity, and inclusion. We offer educational programs, exhibits, curriculum development and research that can change the way we understand human dignity when free of historical stereotypes.

Discover the real, unbiased history with one of their signature guided tours conducted by a well-trained, experienced guide. You can also take a self-guided audio tour to learn about Portsmouth's black heritage, right on your smartphone.