Research work to develop the Milford, New Hampshire Harriet Wilson & The Anti-Slavery Movement Black Heritage Trail began in 2003. This self-guided walking tour of downtown Milford’s Black Heritage Trail ends with a visit to Bicentennial Park, where the Harriet Wilson Memorial stands. The walk covers approximately 3.5 miles and takes a little over two hours to complete. The Milford Black Heritage Trail Self-guided Tour Book includes informative history about the presence of African American’s in Milford, a downtown Milford walking tour of 13 related sites, and 7 additional historic sites in Milford that require driving.
The tour book also includes a stage script adaptation of Harriet Wilson’s novel, Our Nig. Harriet E. Wilson, a native of Milford, wrote the pre-Civil War novel, Our Nig, that is believed to be the first novel by an African American woman to be published in the United States.
The Milford Trail was modeled after the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail developed by Valerie Cunningham in 1995.