Inspired by a letter from John Humphrey's widow, Dr. Margaret Kunstler Humphrey, the Hampton Town Council established an ad hoc committee which has evolved into an incorporated, charitable foundation. The Foundation's mandate has been to find appropriate ways to honour and continue the legacy of John Humphrey.
Raising the profile of this extraordinary Canadian continues through educational initiatives such as Hampton Elementary School's musical "Peace Cranes 2000″, which tells the story of John Humphrey's life. The school received the N.B. Human Rights Award in 2000 for its effort. Hampton High School and the Humphrey Foundation continue to sponsor human rights events in Hampton such as: the annual John Peters Humphrey Human Rights Forum, with public presentations by eminent speakers such as human rights lawyer Lee Cohen, journalist Sally Armstrong, Rwandan activist Godelieve Mukasarasi and Lieutenant-General (retired), Senator Romeo Dollaire;
In June 2006, the Hampton John Peters Humphrey Foundation was selected as the recipient of the 2006 New Brunswick Human Rights Award.
The award was established by the Human Rights Commission in 1988 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The objective of the award is to recognize outstanding effort, achievement or leadership on a volunteer basis in the promotion of human rights and equality in New Brunswick.
Board of Directors
Georgie Day (Chair)
Leah Robichaud (Secretary)
Andrew Turnbull (Treasurer)
Ken Chorley (Ex-Offio Town of Hampton)
Human Rights Forums
In keeping with the mission of the Foundation, annual Human Rights Forums were held on or around December 10th, Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the United Nation's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Starting in 2002, these have included:
December, 2002: Lee Cohen, Halifax immigration lawyer
January, 2004: Sally Armstrong, journalist and activist for women's rights in Afghanistan
December, 2004: Godolieve Mukasarasi, Rwandan massacre survivor and recipient of the 2004 John Peters Humphrey Freedom Award, given by Rights and Democracy
December, 2005: Sen. Romeo Dallaire, Canadian Amed Forces General who led the mission in Rwanda
December, 2006: Professor Roland Chrisjohn, Chair of the Native Studies Programme at St. Thomas University
December, 2007: Richard Blaquiere, recipient of the New Brunswick Human Rights Award in 1994
December, 2008: Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International (Canada)
November, 2009: Nelofer Pazira, filmmaker, author and Afghani human rights activist
November, 2010: Dr. Israel Unger, professor and holocaust survivor.
February, 2012: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and former International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council
November, 2012: Jacob Deng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan
February 2014: Sally Armstrong, journalist, author and human rights activist
December, 2014: Richard Blaquiere, human rights educator and activist
April, 2016: Syrian Refugee Crisis: Four Personal Perspectives, featuring immigration lawyer, Lee Cohen; professor of history and politics, Hepzibah Munoz-Martinez; Syrian refugee, Layla Rahmeh; and community volunteer liaison, William Tarr
Past Events & Happenings
Murals at Hampton Elementary
On the last day of school
in June 2016 the students and staff
at Hampton Elementary
School unveiled their beautiful
Human Rights Mural entitled
John's Dream. A second mural
was added in 2018.
The Foundation was pleased
to assist with the funding of
this project, which was
facilitated by Kathy and
Sue Hooper in conjunction
with the HES Staff.
Artifacts at the Kings County Museum
At the entrance to the Kings County museum you will find the
John Peters Humphrey cabinet and artifacts. These had
been located at the Hampton High School Library
for many years, and can now be found in the new
exhibition space in the Kings County Museum. We wish to
thank HHS Librarian Shane MacMillan for caring for the
cabinet and contents for many years. The Foundation hopes
that more people will be able to see the artifacts and learn
about John Peters Humphrey at the new location.
2016 New Brunswick Human Rights Award
Hampton's Anne Huestis Scott was the recipient of the New Brunswick Human Rights Award for 2016. The award was presented to her at a ceremony at Government House in Fredericton.
In 2010 the Board commissioned artist Bud Merritt to design and produce a silver lapel pin, in the form of a dove, for the first Hampton John Peters Humphrey Human Rights Award. This award will be presented annually, if a suitable candidate is found, to a person who has dedicated much time, energy and passion to the betterment of human rights. The first recipient of this award was Dr. Israel Unger, and it was presented to him in a special ceremony at the Human Rights Forum, October 25, 2010.
Speak truth to power, voices behind the dark (A HHSTC Performance)
The Hampton John Peters Humphrey Foundation and Hampton High School Theatre Company teamed up to present Ariel Dorfman's play, Speak Truth to Power;
Voices Beyond the Dark. Directed by Shane MacMillan
and designed by George Fry, this brilliant work is based
on actual cases of human rights abuses throughout the
world revealed through the words of men and women of
many races. The play was presented at Hampton High
School and will be performed in other communities in
2013. The production went to the Edinburgh Festival in
August of 2013.
"Take the voices home with you, carry them into the world. It is a world that needs changing."
This major annual fundraiser is an event of the Hampton JPH Foundation. The Bloomin' Artists weekend event invites up to 40 professional artists to paint in Hampton's gardens. Art works are then sold at silent auction with the proceeds going towards the Foundation's Projects.
JPH Interpretive Site
In its quest to establish a tangible presence of John Peters Humphrey's legacy in
Hampton, the Foundation has worked towards establishing a John Peters Humphrey
Interpretive Site in the centre of the town. "Credo", an interactive human rights
sculpture, is the focus, and is now located in the centre of Hampton on the historic
Courthouse lawn, the Town of Hampton's Municipal Office. This major work has been created
by Hooper Studios working with sculptor Darren Byers as a memorial to John Humphrey and
his legacy. A series of interpretive panels have been strategically placed linking the Credo
Sculpture Project, the old Humphrey homestead and John Humphrey's gravesite. These
panels feature Humphrey's biography, his relationship to Hampton, the history of the United
Nations and the story of the creation of the Declaration of Human Rights.
John Peters Humphrey was one of the original founding members of Amnesty International in Canada in 1973, which now boasts over 65,000 supporters. Hampton AI groups, both within the community and the high school, work diligently through letter-writing campaigns and social justice events, in support of human rights defenders in Colombia and prisoners of conscience throughout the world.
The Green Team
This hands-on student environmental group operates at Hampton High School. Co-ordinated by the Art Dept., the Green Team, through its recycling efforts, raises money in support of social justice initiatives within the school.
Between the Lines
Art students at Hampton High School produced and curated their own human rights art exhibit entitled Between The Lines. Their art works were on view to the public in Gallery 3 of the New Brunswick Museum from June to September 2000. Hampton native John Humphrey was given a special place in the exhibition.
Anne Scott's Books
In October, 2011, the board sponsored Hampton teacher, musician and human rights volunteer Anne Scott in the production of her children's book, The Boy Who Was Bullied, the story of John Humphrey's life, by placing copies in all Anglophone middle schools in New Brunswick, in libraries, all Canadian Human Rights Commissions, museums, various government departments and offices.
Journalist, and Human Rights Activist
Former Chair, Council of Canadians
Provincial Archivist (ret’d)
M. Lee Cohen, Q.C.
Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer
Hon. Joseph A. Day
Literary Executor of John Peters Humphrey
Hon. Noël Kinsella
Former Chair, NB Human Rights Commission
Stephen Lewis, C.C.
Dr. Patrick Malcolmson
Former Chair, NB Human Rights Commission
Former Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
Freeman Patterson, C.M., R.C.A.
Photographer - Writer