Black History Exhumed

In the March edition of Harper’s Magazine, essayist and poet Wendy S. Walters explored “one of the oldest known grave sites of blacks in New England.” In her essay, ‘Lonely in America: Contemplating the remains of slavery’, Walters takes the reader on a very personal approach on her learning expedition of Black history in Portsmouth; how the graves were uncovered, archaeological work on the remains, and Portsmouth’s future plans to create a formal memorial. Overall, a gentle reminder of histories past but not forgotten.

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