September 19, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Research Library, Portsmouth Athenaeum


The 2018 Program Series: “Remembering the Great War, Home and Abroad” returns with L’Merchie Frazier and “The Harlem Hellfighters: Powered Differently.” The contributions of the 369th Infantry Regiment of African American Soldiers that served in World War I, along with their courage, commitment and efforts, will be juxtaposed to their experience as black soldiers during the period of Jim Crow segregation. With that lens, the dynamics of their power relationships internationally, nationally and in their community, will be explored to better understand the impact of their service and its reflection on contemporary society.

L’Merchie Frazier has served as Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History for 15 years. She is adjunct faculty in Massachusetts at Pine Manor College and Bunker Hill Community College. A fiber artist and holographer, she has served the artistic community for over twenty years as an award winning national and international visual and performance artist and poet, and was recently chosen as resident City of Boston, AIR artist.

Attendance is free for Athenaeum Proprietors, Subscribers and Friends. Guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the entire series by becoming a Friend of the Athenaeum for as little as $25 per year, payable at the door. Admission to an individual program is $10.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call (603) 431-2538 ext. 2 and reserve your spot(s) today.

The 2018 Lecture Series is sponsored by UBS.

[Photo: New York’s famous 369th regiment arrives home from France. Courtesy of the National Archives and Record Administration.]