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Temple Israel

200 State Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity

Author Presentation, Living History Performance, Book Signing & Tour

Apart from a handful of exotic and almost completely unreliable tales surrounding his life, Richard Potter is mostly unknown today. Two hundred years ago he was the most popular entertainer in America—in fact, the first showman to win nationwide fame. His story is even more remarkable in that Richard Potter was also a black man.


Join author John Hodgson as he shares the story of the most captivating personalities in the history of his craft. Get a rare peek backstage at the dawning of the entertainment industry, the rise of American celebrity and learn of Potter’s New Hampshire connection.

This event will also offer a living history performance featuring magician Bob Olson, a book signing, and a guided backstage tour of the Portsmouth Music Hall.

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12:30 pm Tour of Portsmouth Music Hall [TBA]
2:00 pm Living History Performance
2:30 pm Author Presentation
Book Signing and Refreshments

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