PSNH Makes Major Donation to Portsmouth Landmark

PSNH has donated $10,000 to the African Burying Ground Memorial Park in Portsmouth, becoming one of its first major corporate donors.

The African Burying Ground is the only DNA-authenticated site of its kind in New England. The only other similarly authenticated African burying ground, in lower Manhattan, is now a National Park. The Portsmouth site was in use as early as 1705, but later built over, paved over, and forgotten. It was re-discovered in October 2003, and a committee was created to explore ideas for an appropriate commemoration.

“PSNH supports the African Burying Ground Memorial Park as a model of community-wide participation in commemorating a little-known piece of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and American history,” says PSNH economic and community development manager Pat McDermott.

Photo: PSNH’s Allison McLean (right), Patrick McDermott (second from right) and Catalina Celentano (third from right) present a $10,000 check to members of the African Burying Ground Committee (from left): Mary Bailey, Nike Speltz and Kelvin Edwards on the site of the future African Burying Ground Memorial Park on Chestnut Street in Portsmouth.