Senate Unanimously Supports SB 258

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3375

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us

CONCORD – Today, the Senate unanimously voted Ought to Pass with Amendment on SB 258, Senator David Watters (D-Dover) bill to establish protections and procedures for handling African American graves from the time period of American enslavement. The bill will next be brought before the House for a public committee hearing.


After the vote, prime sponsor Senator David Watters (D-Dover) issued the following statement:


“I am extremely proud that this Black History Month, the New Hampshire Senate was able to come together to recognize the importance of preserving African American grave sites. Over the past few decades there has been a rediscovery of extraordinary examples of African American individuals and their burial sites in New Hampshire. SB 258 works to ensure individuals like Ona Judge and Sampson Battis are given the posthumous respect they deserve and that their descendants and descendant communities are brought into the conversation. This is an important step forward in preserving and honoring Black history. I thank my colleagues for their support and look forward to bringing this bill before the House.”


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