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Welcome to the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights web site.

We are a state agency established by RSA 354-A for the purpose of eliminating discrimination in employment, public accommodations and the sale or rental of housing or commercial property, because of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability or national origin. The commission has the power to receive, investigate and pass upon complaints of illegal discrimination and to engage in research and education designed to promote good will and prevent discrimination.

Employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination is against the law in New Hampshire.

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NH Women’s Heritage Trail of 27 women - Harriet E. Wilson

Harriet E. Wilson (March 15, 1825 – June 28, 1900) is considered the first female African-American novelist, as well as the first African American of any gender to publish a novel on the North American continent. Her novel Our Nig, or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black was published anonymously in 1859 in Boston, Massachusetts, and was not widely known. The novel was discovered in 1982 by the scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who documented it as the first African-American novel published in the United States. The novel, The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts, published for the first time in 2002, may have been written before Wilson's book.

Born a free person of color in New Hampshire, Wilson was orphaned when young and bound until the age of 18 as an indentured servant. She struggled to make a living after that, marrying twice; her only son George died at age seven in the poor house, where she had placed him while trying to survive as a widow. She wrote one novel. Wilson later was associated with the Spiritualist church, was paid on the public lecture circuit for her lectures about her life, and worked as a housekeeper in a boarding house.

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1.        Call to Order

2.        Approval of July and 2014 Minutes;  February 11, 2015 Minutes

3.        Status of Commission Budget

4.        Status of Lease and whether the office will move

5.        Status of Hiring a replacement investigator

6.        Administrative Law Workshop Report

7.        Revisiting the Secure Virtual Library

8.        Civil Rights and Fair Housing Conference April 30th and May 1st, Springfield MA (sponsored by MCAD and EEOC)

9.        50th Anniversary date, update

10.      Hearing assignments; specifically adding a hearing date in August

11.      Non-Public Session

12.   Other Business


New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights
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