History advocate, changemaker, writer
JerriAnne Boggis moved to the United States from Jamaica in 1977. She wears several hats, including Executive Director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, writer, educator, and community activist. She works to correct the historical record on the racial complexity and richness of New Hampshire’s diverse past.
She has developed several powerful, social, and engaging community programs that focus on history and race, raising awareness of New Hampshire’s little known people of color. JerriAnne conceived, planned, and implemented the formation of the non-profit organization, The Harriet Wilson Project, designed to memorialize and honor Milford, New Hampshire’s author, Harriet E. Wilson, the first black female to publish a novel. She also raised the monies needed to build a life-size memorial to honor Wilson; which was installed in Milford, NH, on November 4, 2006.
In 2015, JerriAnne was named by the New Hampshire Humanities Council as one of the 40 most influential New Hampshirites who have vastly enriched human understanding and whose original works and passion for excellence have put New Hampshire on the cultural map.
She strives daily to continue to increase the visibility of black history in the state by believing that diversity programming is about social change. “Mostly what I do,” she said, “is really connect the history to what’s going on now and how this information really changes how we see New Hampshire, how we see New England, how we see America.”