New Hampshire's First Black Church Historical

New Hampshire's First Black Church Historical (HM1TAZ)

Location: Portsmouth, NH 03801 Rockingham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 4.532', W 70° 45.796'

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Portsmouth NH Black Heritage Trail

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.
Placed ByCity of Portsmouth NH
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Date Added Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 356453 N 4770711
Decimal Degrees43.07553333, -70.76326667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 4.532', W 70° 45.796'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 4' 31.92" N, 70° 45' 47.76" W
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Area Code(s)603
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 45 Pearl St, Portsmouth NH 03801, US
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