Local Author Says Travelers Must Visit This Portsmouth Landmark
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Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors of all time. The way that she develops characters and weaves through a plot makes it impossible to put her books down once you start them.
I recently read "Small Great Things" and it was the best book I have read in a very long time. I am certainly not alone because her last 10 novels debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Did you know she lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her husband and their three kids? I've noticed that talented and creative people tend to flock to this part of the country. Perhaps all of the natural beauty influences their art.
Picoult was one of the featured authors and she chose to highlight the Black Heritage Trail in Portsmouth. The author explains how New Hampshire is best known for its gorgeous fall foliage, mountainous regions, and whiteness.
And no, she is not referring to snow. She goes on to point out that New Hampshire is the third least-diverse state in the entire country.
According to the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire's Facebook page, this landmark tells the little-known stories of Black people in New Hampshire. Visitors follow the self-guided trail with stops at an African burial ground, the site of a public slave auction, and the docks where Africans forcibly arrived by ship.
Picoult refers to the experience as sobering and eye opening.
Have you visited the Black Heritage Trail?