Bill Would Posthumously Grant Freedom to NH Slaves

Morgan True, Breitbart, March 6, 2013

When 20 slaves petitioned New Hampshire two centuries ago seeking their freedom, lawmakers decided the time wasn’t right and delayed action.

Now, 233 years later, legislators in one of the nation’s whitest states have decided the time is right to consider the request. A Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously recommended the full body posthumously emancipate the 14 petitioners who never were granted freedom.

Woullard Lett, a member of the Manchester NAACP, said it’s never too late to right a wrong.

“It’s symbolic and 200 years late, however then and now it’s the right thing to do,” Lett said before testifying at the hearing.

Valerie Cunningham, a historian and preservationist from Portsmouth, said she came across the slaves’ petition in state archives nearly 30 years ago. It was originally submitted to the New Hampshire General Assembly on Nov. 12, 1779, while the Revolutionary War was still being fought.

The slaves all served in the war effort and believed the freedom being sought by colonists should be extended to them as well. {snip}


Cunningham said in a history she wrote of the black community in the state’s Seacoast region that of the original petitioners, six of the slaves were later freed and 14 died in bondage with legislators never acting on their request.

Black people accounted for 1.1 percent of New Hampshire’s 1.3 million people in the 2010 U.S. Census.


Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she would sign the bill if approved by the full Legislature.

Cunningham said acting now would help bring attention to an African-American burial ground in downtown Portsmouth, where a mayoral committee is hoping to build a memorial park. The African Burying Ground Committee has worked for almost a decade to get the memorial built, and though they need additional money, a spokesman said they may break ground on the project this summer. The design would include granite engravings with passages from the petition.

The goal of the bill and the memorial park is to celebrate the culture and contribution of blacks to New Hampshire and bring that history to the fore, Cunningham said.


Lett said he sees the bill as largely symbolic but hopes its passage will mean the Legislature doesn’t plan to wait another 200 years to address the concerns of the black community today. He said those concerns include persistent wage and health inequalities and a disproportionate number of blacks in the state prison system.

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  • Jedi Mind Tricks

    This reminds me of the scene from Ghostbusters 2, when the Titanic pulls into harbor…”better late than never”

  • First off, a lot of good this posthumous manumission bill would do these slaves now.

    But even with only a minute percentage of blacks in the state, there are STILL a panoply of “gaps” which blacks “suffer.” While only 1.1% of the population, I bet that blacks are at least 10% of the state prison system.

    • James

      The black 1.1% are probably 100% of the state prison population………

    • StillModerated

      Now that you mention it, here are some figures for your reading pleasure: Whites 289 per 100,000; blacks 2666 per 100,000; Hispanic 1063 per 100,000. These are figures from 2005. Obviously the truth is racist, and I’m patiently awaiting an apology from the cement overshoes of civilization.

  • MekongDelta69

    This is equivalent to Sheila Jackson Lee on the floor of the House last week saying that she was standing there as a freed slave.

    I’m wondering who ‘bought’ her and who ‘freed’ her?

    Or when Maxine Water said that sequestration will cause over 170 million jobs that could be lost.

    You simply cannot fix stupid.

    • Francis Galton

      The real question is: who in their White mind would buy her? Wouldn’t they have to be compensated to put up with her? Just a thought…

      • So CAL Snowman

        Yeah slaves are supposed to work their arms and legs, NOT their mouths!

    • Shattered

      Or corrupt! Stupid and corrupt are a toxic mix.

      • toldev

        The result of that is a corrupt politician who is too dumb to avoid being caught. While there certainly are corrupt white politicians, it is always the black ones you hear about accepting a bag of money from an FBI agent on camera.

        • Shattered

          … while smoking crack.

    • Non Humans

      You have to wonder, would it be better for the sequestration to not occur and to retain those 170 million jobs (and let us be honest here, we know that the majority of government jobs are held by useless nonhumans) instead of all of them (again, mostly useless nonhumans) hitting the welfare rolls?
      Then on the other hand, if the sequestration does occur, those jobs are compromised, and possibly reclaimed by a greater number of whites when and if we do recover.

    • HamletsGhost

      You can’t fix Negro.

  • New Rise

    The ruling class will do whatever it can to prove it’s “not racist.” Because they all know that the communities they live in are far less diverse than say, the average klan member. Sooner or later the cognitive dissonance is going to get the better of them, and they will either come home to racial realism or hand over (actual) control to the negroids. Who knows what will happen then. South Africa would be optomistic.

  • Daisy

    I would like reparations for what blacks have done to me, in my lifetime. I’m going to petition my state legislature for my writ of freedom from blacks. I hear that supposedly works better than pointing a gun at them.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I wish we could all get a writ of freedom from blacks. We need to bring back restrictive covenants.

  • james

    BTW, the last time I was in NH I saw 4 Hells Angels and walked right past them. They were talking quietly in a group and minding their own business. Before I left, a coupIe weeks later, I encountered several blacks in various situations and they were all loud, vulgar and oddly enough, talking in ghetto thug jive. Go figure. You can take the negro out of the ghetto but…….
    Then, to top it off. When I was flying out the TSA pulled me out of the line, made me take my shoes off and harassed and searched me while they let the three large Arabs behind me walk right through without as much as a raised eyebrow………This country is crazy!!!!!!

    • ye ol’ swampyankee

      Your surprised TSA pulled you aside?

      Haven’t you heard? According to DHS official documents and Obama Administration, gun owners, veterans Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Ron Paul Supporters, farmers and anti – abortionists are the new Al Qaeda.

      That means white people, particularly clean cut “normal looking” white men are at the top of this hit list. That why the Arabs walked on by and you didn’t.

      i wouldn’t be surprised if both those TSA agents were white themselves in NH adding more insult to it.

  • APaige

    According to the New Hampshire DOC, as of June 2012, there were 2,666 people in prisons, 167 were black. (6%). So six times their population seems a little…low.

    • Howard W. Campbell

      If you compared the 167 blacks vs the 2499 other people, I wonder of many of the undertow were given multiple chances to get their act together before being thrown in the klink? Violent crime in NH is way below the average for the US, (Gee, I wonder why?)

  • So CAL Snowman

    “He said those concerns include persistent wage and health inequalities and a disproportionate number of blacks in the state prison system.”

    If they don’t want a disproportionate amount of blacks in the state prison system just let them lfree into society, viola! problem solved. I’m sure the White liberal do-gooders would feel incredible about themselves, they probably wouldn’t even mind the increase in crime. Better yet why not just take laws like theft and murder off of the books?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      “Better yet why not just take laws like theft and murder off of the books?”

      That would be a great thing to bring up to a lib. “Having laws against robbery, rape, and murder create a disparate impact on blacks and are therefore racist and should be abolished.” I wonder what they’d think of that?

      • The way they’ll squirm out of that is by setting up different standards for different people. I have actually heard black callers to Chicago talk radio (WVON) demand that murder be classified as only a misdemeanor for blacks that are charged with murder. That way, once they get out of jail, they can get jobs and be cops, because having the felony of murder on your sheet makes getting a job as a cop really hard.

      • Non Humans

        Interesting point, I’ll have to use that against them. It will fit very nicely somewhere around the good old demographics vs crime percentage point.
        @ So Cal Snowman:
        Funny thing is, that if they freed all of the nonhumans from our prison systems, the safest places to be would be inside of the prisons…. for a while at least. LOL!

  • IKantunderstand

    I’m guessing that the pamphlet that outlines N.H. Black’s contribution(s) to the culture, is right up there with the Jewish contributions. Wow, fourteen people. Right up there with that amazingly courageous freedom fighter: Rosa Parks. I want to see the brave exploits of Rin Tin TIn , and Lassie immortalized. Just as legitimate.

    • The__Bobster

      I’m betting the Jewish contribution is digging up these “outrages” from 200 years ago to stir the pot.

      • Son of Abraham

        I might have know those with “Jew-on-the-brain” would find a supposed Jewish connection to this story in their diseased and empty cavities.

        • PesachPatriot

          I doubt there’s more than 300-400 jews in the entire state of new hampshire. I did not know NH ever had slaves….i always guessed it would be way too cold for slaves…I thought most of the northern slavery was in NY, Mass, CT, PA and NJ

      • IKantunderstand

        I was actually thinking about all those Jewish colonists fighting for freedom against the British. Or, maybe, I was thinking about all the Federalist Papers they wrote. Nope, you’re right Bobster, it’s definitely pot stirring.

  • The__Bobster

    The usual suspects keep bring up ancient history to keep YT on his knees.

    • Son of Abraham

      Well, you just can’t trust those pesky Jews

  • jambi19

    I used to tell myself white people had a disease (mulitculturalism). Now I am starting to realize it is not a disease. It is a weakness.

    • anarchyst

      Multiculturalism comes from the “tribe”. It is a mechanism which is designed to weaken us. . .whites.

  • Shattered

    The staying out of jail part is easy. Don’t commit crime.

  • bigone4u

    “Lawd hab mercy. I’s free, I’s free.” Somebody tell Joe Biden the slaves have just been freed.

  • Seek

    Why is this piece appearing on Breitbart? It reads like something you’d see on HuffPo or the Daily Kos. The answer: Breitbart, both the site and its founder, were the epitome of white anti-race realism masquerading as “conservatism.”

  • Cato

    ” those concerns include persistent wage and health inequalities and a
    disproportionate number of blacks in the state prison system”
    I worry about this. Once the federal government gains control of the healthcare system the top priority will become the elimination of the “mortality gap,” just as the top priority in public education has become the elimination of the “achievement gap”. They will care as little about my health as they care about my children’s education.

  • Zackers

    1.1 %? There are whites in Germany who will want to move to New Hampshire.

  • Non Humans

    And they wonder why our economy, budget, and country is in the condition that it is currently. It’s because they waste valuable time, attention, and resources entertaining nonsense such as this.
    What in hell do they hope to accomplish or achieve by granting official approval to a 200+ year-old document and worship to a set of animals whose descendants are essentially worse than useless, nowadays? (Worse than useless being that of nothing more than criminals and welfare sinkholes, as well as a general burden and danger to human society on all levels)

  • MikeofAges

    Has anyone heard of the 13th Amendment? Wasn’t there a widely viewed movie released recently which focused on that exact topic?

  • slaves were never needed

    What will these black dumb ass idiots come up with next? They dont lie good and their logic is below retard IQ level beyond insanity. Where would these Africans be had slavery never existed and their ancestors never had been sold off by their tribal chiefs as rejects as hard as it is to believe they had a pecking order in that jungle hellhole? Negroid logic.

  • 5n4k33y35

    Very annoying. I would vote against it.

  • Paleoconn

    This article is good if only to point out to pinhead elitist White liberals in New England that their ancestors weren’t exactly angels. Next Ben and Jerry’s slurping ponytailed hippie I see from the Granite State, I shall make sure to call his state Alabama North. And then watch his head explode as I relieve him of his pot stash and his Cannondale bike.

  • how about a fewer blacks in the world?