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? Our film will seek to answer the question: What happens when we move toward a fuller understanding of our history by including all voices
Shadows Fall North 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, from individuals laid to rest at the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth to the novelist Harriet Wilson of Milford to the twenty slaves who petitioned the state legislature for their freedom in 1779… and many more.
This documentary is part of an event called “Our Beloved Community”, a partnership between The Colonial Theatre, Keene State College and The College-City Commission. This event, and other statewide screenings, is made possible with the support of New Hampshire Humanities.
Presented in conjunction with Keene State College, The College-City Commission and New Hampshire Humanities.