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JerriAnne Boggis Recipient of 11th Annual Women's Recognition Award

October 3, 2007

JerriAnne Boggis, coordinator of diversity initiatives, has received the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Women’s Eleventh Annual Women’s Recognition Award, which is given each year to a woman who has brought honor and valor to herself and to the state through her accomplishments and contributions.

Boggis was honored for her tireless efforts to raise awareness about the first African American woman to publish a novel in the United States. As founder and director of the project to highlight the achievements of Harriet E. Adams Wilson in the author’s hometown of Milford and throughout the state, Boggis has been a positive role model for all women and girls in New Hampshire.

She was the initiator of a series of public education programs across the state, bringing attention to and recognizing Harriet Wilson for her autobiographical novel, “Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, In a Two Story White House, North.”

Boggis engaged Milford leaders in the project, resulting in their designating a city park as the Harriet E Adams Wilson Memorial Site and the commissioning of a life-size sculpture of Wilson--the only public sculpture in the state honoring a person of color.

Boggis was instrumental in creating a Black History Trail marking more than a dozen sites related to Wilson and Underground Railroad activities occurring in Milford during the period. She also assisted in the coordination for Black New England conferences and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail symposiums.

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