Main Menu Sponsor Banner
Page Menu

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
Site #20
14-16 Market Street
private offices

Market Square In the early 20th century, several of Portsmouth's black social clubs met in second floor meeting rooms on the corner of Pleasant and Daniel Streets. In 1919, Our Boys Comfort Club (soon re-named the Lincoln American Community Club) offered social evenings for "colored enlisted men, Phillipinos, Porto Ricans [sic] and other darker racial groups of the service" stationed in the area, as well as "Civilian Colored people." In 1920 a fraternal lodge, the colored Knights of Pythias, also met here. Other black social groups in Portsmouth included the Colored Citizens League, which promoted unified action for civil rights. The Octagon Club was Portsmouth's black Masonic organization, affiliated with the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Boston. Such organizations were important for mutual support during the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, which was active locally, and de facto segregation, which lasted until the 1960s.

Now you can buy the whole BLACK HERITAGE GUIDE

Web site design, added info & images
Copyright © 2001 SeacoastNH.com
providing this site as a public service.

Previous || Trail Index || Next
See Maps

top of page

HOME | HISTORY | ARTS | TOURING | BUSINESS | SEARCH
New | Site Map | Talk | Store | Mail

Black History Home | Articles List | Theme Sites Home

line rule

logo

Site label
PO Box 7158
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03802
URL: http://www.SeacoastNH.com
Voice: 603-427-2020
Email: info@SeacoastNH.com


line rule