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JerriAnne Boggis

2017 Freedom Fighter

JerriAnne Boggis is the Director of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, a writer, educator, and community activist who works to correct the historical record on the racial complexity and richness of New Hampshire’s diverse past. Through the development of several community programs that focus on history and race, Boggis has raised the awareness of New Hampshire’s little known people of color and increased the visibility of Black history in the state. She believes that diversity programming is more than listening to a speaker or lighting a candle. It’s about social change. The programs she creates are powerful, noticed, yet social and engaging.

Born in Jamaica, Ms. Boggis moved to the United States in 1977 and has been a long-term resident of Milford, New Hampshire. She received her B.S. degree in Business Management at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester and her M.A. in Writing and Communications at Rivier College in Nashua. Her publications include Refugee Resettlement in New Hampshire, (Center for the Humanities, UNH); Reflections and Memories; Footsteps (Cobblestone Press, 2005); Harriet Wilson’s New England: Race, Writing and Region (Co-Editor, UPNE, 2007); and a collection of essays, the first devoted entirely to Wilson and her novel.

In 2015, Boggis was named by the New Hampshire Humanities Council as one of the 40 most influential New Hampshirites who have vastly enriched human understanding and whose original works and passion for excellence have put New Hampshire on the cultural map.

Congratulations to our 2017 Freedom Fighter JerriAnne Boggs.



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Race Amity at Green Acres Baha'i

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Monthly Branch Membership Meeting

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