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Portsmouth in Rockingham County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

New Hampshire's First Black Church

Portsmouth NH Black Heritage Trail

 
 
New Hampshire's First Black Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, July 26, 2016
1. New Hampshire's First Black Church Marker
Inscription. In 1915 the congregation of the People's Baptist Church which had been meeting in the South Ward Hall for more than twenty-five years, brought this 1857 building for $1200. Though officially Baptist, its membership was multidenominational. For decades it was the heart of Black Portsmouth's social, political, and spiritual life. Among its many distinguished visitors was the young Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. who preached here on October 26, 1952. People's Church dissolved itself in 1968 after the congregation had separated earlier into two groups. One of them, New Hope Baptist Church, acquired the title to the building and remained its owner until 1984 when it was sold to facilitate building a new church on Peverly Hill Road.
 
Erected by City of Portsmouth NH.
 
Location. 43° 4.532′ N, 70° 45.796′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker is at the intersection of Pearl Street and Hanover Street, on the right on Pearl Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45 Pearl Street, Portsmouth NH 03801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Paul Jones House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spanish American War Memorial
New Hampshire's First Black Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, July 26, 2016
2. New Hampshire's First Black Church Marker
Photo of marker location on the left hand front of the church as you face the church.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frank Jones's Hotels (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); 18 Congress (approx. mile away); Negro Pews (approx. 0.3 miles away); The South Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
New Hampshire's First Black Church image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, July 26, 2016
3. New Hampshire's First Black Church
Long view of the Church building
New Hampshire's First Black Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, July 26, 2016
4. New Hampshire's First Black Church Marker
View of the front door of the building, know locally as "The Pearl."
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on July 28, 2016.
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