Seacoast African American Cultural Center (SAACC) was founded in 2000 by Vernis Jackson, a longtime Portsmouth elementary school teacher who saw the need for an organization that would increase the visibility of the vibrant but small African American community in New Hampshire.  The mission of the Cultural Center is to celebrate the lives and achievements of Black people with an emphasis on the unique story of African Americans in the Seacoast region, and to infuse all people, especially young people, with knowledge and appreciation for the history and culture we all share.  (For information, see

In the spirit of this mission, the Cultural Center has embraced with particular honor its responsibility for developing a permanent exhibit to showcase the history of the recently discovered early 18th century African Burying Ground.  This African Burying Ground, just a few blocks from the Cultural Center, is the only such documented cemetery of its era in New England. With the support of the Portsmouth City Council, the African Burying Ground Committee is currently working to develop a memorial park on the 6,500 square-foot site, to be entitled “We Stand in Honor of Those Forgotten.”  For more information, see: .

Seacoast African American Cultural Center is located in the Discover Portsmouth Center, in the heart of the historic seaside town of Portsmouth, NH.  Our address is 10 Middle Street and our telephone number is 603-430-6027.  We are open Monday through Friday (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.), Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.), and by appointment. For more information about SAACC, please go to our website:  or follow us on FaceBook .