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 Roméo 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.