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N.H. House to free slaves posthumously

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Two centuries ago, Colonial-era New Hampshire lawmakers decided the time wasn’t right to grant the request of 20 slaves who petitioned for their freedom. On Wednesday, the House is poised to pass a bill that posthumously emancipates 14 of those slaves who died in bondage, and Governor Maggie Hassan has said she will sign the bill. Supporters say acting now will help bring attention to an African-American burial ground in downtown Portsmouth, where the city is raising money to build a memorial park to commemorate the site. The remains of six slaves were discovered at the site several years ago during routine street improvements.

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