Join Barbara Rimkunas, Curator & Co-Executive Director of the Exeter Historical Society for a zoom meeting on Thursday, February 25 from 7:00 – 8:00pm as she discusses the Historical Society’s recent research on African Americans in post-Revolutionary War New Hampshire. This program will illuminate the challenges faced by the Black community through the stories of several notable names such as Revolutionary War hero Jude Hall, and will examine some of the reasons the population declined in the late 19th century.
Jude Hall was born into slavery before the American Revolutionary War. He fought valiantly in several of the war’s most crucial battles, earning the nickname “Old Rock” for his strength and heroism and was freed after the war. Shortly afterwards, the population of Exeter, New Hampshire was more racially diverse than it is today. African Americans, enslaved, free and recently manumitted, comprised 4.8% of Exeter’s population, a larger percentage than any other town in the state. The contributions of Exeter’s Black population has often been overlooked when examining the history of their town. On-going research has broadened the Historical Society's understanding of Exeter’s Black heritage.
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Meeting ID: 820 2708 0225