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

Negro Pews

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail

 
 
Negro Pews Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
1. Negro Pews Marker
Inscription. Until the mid 1800's, most New England churches assigned pews to parishioners by their social rank. Black people, enslaved or free, usually were seated as far as possible from the pulpit. Negro pews in the North Meetinghouse, which stood here from 1711 to 1854, were located in the upper balcony high above the front door.
 
Location. 43° 4.603′ N, 70° 45.479′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Congress St (U.S. 1) just from Church Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in small fenced in area next to church. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth NH 03801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Original New Hampshire State House (within shouting distance of this marker); 18 Congress (within shouting distance of this marker); Nation's Oldest Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Treaty of Portsmouth 1905 (within shouting distance of this marker); The South Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ceilia Layton Thaxter (about 400 feet away); Temple Israel (about 600 feet away); Frank Jones's Hotels (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
North Meetinghouse image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, July 2012
2. North Meetinghouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 467 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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