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Juneteenth Walk

June 19, 2022 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Celebrate Juneteenth side-by-side with others of goodwill by walking from Kittery, Maine to the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth, New Hampshire! Meet at the John Paul Jones Memorial Park on the Kittery side of the Route 1 Memorial Bridge. Walkers will depart at 11:00 am and walk the 0.8 miles to the Burying Ground, located at 386 State St, Portsmouth, NH. Stay to hear New Orleans style jazz band Midnight BBQ and a church-style ceremony with Reverend Jeffery McIlwain of North Star AME Zion Church around 12:00 pm. This event is co-hosted by The Seacoast African-American Cultural Center, Green Acre Baha’i Center of Learning, and Black Lives Matter Seacoast, in cooperation with Theater for the People and the Seacoast NAACP.

Parking for those participating in the walk is available at Kittery Walk-in Care, 35 Walker St, as well as more wheelchair accessible parking spots across Hunter Ave, by the Warren’s Lobster sign. If you’d rather join in after the parade at the African Burying Ground, there are designated accessible parking spaces in the Parrot Lot on Pleasant St, which is 0.3 miles from the African Burying Ground. Parking in all lots is free.

Afterwards, grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant, and make your way back to the Burying Ground at 2:00 pm for Uproar — a free, high-energy performance that introduces audiences to the unique lineages of African-American step dance and demonstrates how enslaved people on American soil used stepping as a vehicle for communication, self-expression, and joy. This performance features an intergenerational step team, poets, and musicians.

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