The Harriet Wilson Project

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

10 AM, Milford, NH

Governor Chris Sununu To Honor Milford Native Harriet E. Wilson

Concord, NH – On Wednesday, March 15, Governor Chris Sununu will present the "Harriet E. Wilson Memorial Chair" to the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford, NH. Known for her literary and cultural contributions, Harriet Wilson, who was born on March 15, 1825, in Milford, NH, became the first African American to publish a novel in the United States.

"New Hampshire is proud to celebrate Hattie Wilson’s trailblazing accomplishments and inspirational life story by honoring her legacy with this memorial chair," said Governor Chris Sununu. "This month"s celebration presents a unique opportunity for all Granite Stater’s to recognize and reflect on the many ways in which Hattie Wilson contributed to our state"s rich history."

Wadleigh Memorial Library Director Betsy Solon said of the announcement, "We appreciate this opportunity to honor Milford’s Harriet E. Wilson, the first published African American female author. We hope this event will bring attention to her accomplishments and support our library"s mission to promote inclusion and diversity to all of our citizens."

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Thursday, March 26 (5 - 7 pm)

27 Women Event


Harriet E. Wilson will be honored with a site marker on the The New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail.

The new trail will highlight 27 women who have influenced the history of the state. An opening event announcing the names of the 27 women will be held at the Concord Women's Club on Thursday, March 26th from 5 to 7 pm.  We are looking forward to celebrating the important accomplishments of these women in honor of Women’s History Month with you. From names like Christa McAuliffe to Harriet Wilson, these women were artists, lawyers, writers, scientists, and have all contributed to the development of New Hampshire today. 

What: Event to learn more about the Women’s Heritage Trail

Where: Concord Women’s Club, 44 Pleasant Street, Concord

When: Thursday, March 26th, 5:00-7:00pm


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