Juneteenth Celebrations, Honoring the Rock Rest: Community News Update

Rock Rest Tribute

PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Black Heritage Trail has announced the unveiling of two new landmarks honoring the Rock Rest. , a historic home in Kittery Point, Maine, which, from the late 1940s through the 1970s, welcomed African-American travelers at a time when many accommodations were closed to them. The Seacoast NAACP Youth Council and New Hampshire’s Black Heritage Track will host two unveiling parties on Saturday, June 4. The first will be held at Second Congregational Church in Wallingford Square, Kittery, Maine, beginning at 1 p.m. They were invited to take a private bus to Rock Rest for the second reveal immediately after the first event. The celebrations are free and open to the public.

Clayton and Hazel Sinclair officially opened their home as a guest house called “Rock Rest” in 1946. While working, the home served as a summertime vacation retreat in the seaside area. Although Maine and New Hampshire did not have “Jim Crow” laws at the time, Rock Rest operated in an era when it was common practice to prevent black travelers from staying in hotels, serving restaurants, or accessing places to stay. Public residence in the sea coast area.

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