The library will be closed for general business on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 19, 2018, but will reopen for this special presentation of the New Hampshire documentary "Shadows Fall North" at 6:30 p.m.
How does a state with the motto “Live Free or Die” and a celebrated legacy of abolitionism confront and understand its participation in slavery, segregation, and the neglect of African-American history? "Shadows Fall North" seeks to answer the question: What happens when we move toward a fuller understanding of our history by including all voices. This documentary film focuses on the efforts of two dedicated historic preservationists and activists, Valerie Cunningham (co-author of "Black Portsmouth: Three Centuries of African American Heritage") of Portsmouth and JerriAnne Boggis of Milford, to recover the stories of people who have been rendered nearly invisible in the historical record. It covers individuals laid to rest at the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth, the novelist Harriet Wilson of Milford, and the twenty slaves who petitioned the state legislature for their freedom in 1779, and many more. A moderated discussion will follow the film. JerriAnne Boggis is the Executive Director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire an organization that preserves, celebrates and honors African-American history in the state. She is a writer, educator, and community activist whose work corrects the historical record on the racial complexity and richness of New Hampshire’s diverse past.