Come celebrate William Hobdy, ragtime musician and first known Black business owner in Derry, NH (1899), with a Pop-Up museum and BHTNH landmark unveiling. This all ages event will kick off at 1:00pm in the Derry Opera House where patrons are invited to step back in time and explore Hobdy’s era with music, games and history. The event will culminate with a walk to the Derry Rail Trail to cut the ribbon on the new landmark and enjoy some ice cream. After hours, patrons can continue the celebration at Rockingham Brewing Co. to purchase pre-prohibition style lager and pretzels (via Hop Knot of Manchester).
This program is made possible by countless community partners, volunteers and town staff. Special thanks to the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Rockingham Brewing Company, Hop Knot of Manchester, Courtney Daniel Executive Virtual Assistant, The Greater Derry Arts Council, Derry Opera House, The Lawrence History Center, The Derry Rail Trail Alliance, The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, Frosty’s Soft Serve Ice Cream of Londonderry, Hepworth Memorials LLC and Derry Public Works.