Portsmouth, New Hampshire: African Burying Ground Memorial

Portsmouth tore up an entire street and replaced it with this memorial, which calls attention to the graves that were here before the street.
386 State St., Portsmouth, NH
Downtown. On the south side of US Hwy 1/State St. between Middle and Fleet Sts.
Lit at night.
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African Burying Ground.

African Burying Ground Memorial

A moving tribute to forgotten enslaved Africans.

[Norm Bonenfant, 08/20/2017]

Portsmouth replaced an entire block of its former Chestnut Street with this long, thin memorial; although, to be fair, the Burial Ground was here before Chestnut St. The former graveyard was uncovered in 2003. The memorial opened in 2015, and includes statues of a slave and Mother Africa trying to reach around a separation wall; a circular burial vault; and vague human silhouettes that are not ghosts, but the concerned citizen-consciences of Portsmouth.

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