The Forest Society President Jack Savage was honored to represent the Forest Society as a part of the marker unveiling ceremony on Saturday, September 18 at at the Forest Society's John Kulish Forest/Welch Family Farm, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire.
Building on the success of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail that began more than two decades ago, the Black Heritage Trail of NH is now a statewide organization that connects the stories of New Hampshire’s African heritage by documenting and marking the many historic sites that testify to this rich history. The Hancock marker is its first outside of Portsmouth.
The Hancock marker describes the Due family and Jack, a once-enslaved African who gained his freedom and lived in Hancock in the late 1700s and early 1800s.The Due family, identified in early censuses as free people of color, endured many issues with the Church of Christ in Hancock around the same time.
The Welch Forest was acquired by the Forest Society in 2000. The town of Hancock holds the conservation easement on the property and the Harris Center holds an executory interest.