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Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
Site #5
NH Gazette Printing Office
corner Pleasant & Howard Streets

NH Gazette Office Primus was one of a group of skilled slaves who worked in colonial Portsmouth. He was enslaved in the household of Daniel Fowle, owner of the New Hampshire Gazette, founded in 1756 in a small wooden house that stood on this site. The household also included two enslaved women and the printer's wife. Primus operated the printing pres of r 50 years. At his master's death, Primus was permanently stooped, and "grieved by roguish boys" who probably teased him for his posture, color and age. He died in May of 1791. In his 90's, he was well known in the town; and a memorial poem in the newspaper described him as "a hearty friend" with a "grateful mind through borne down with pain."

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