Event tonight | Researching Black Ancestry in Essex County: Resources and Methods on 4/29

An educational and inspirational webinar on researching your family in Essex County. Friday, Apr 29, 2022, 7:00 PM EST Register here Join Essex Heritage and a panel of experts to learn about the resources and methods for researching Black ancestry in Essex County. In recent years, there has been a surge in the number of … Continue reading Event tonight | Researching Black Ancestry in Essex County: Resources and Methods on 4/29

Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Essex County

By Gordon Harris The Fugitive Slave Acts By the time of the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787, many Northern states including Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut had already abolished slavery, but Article 4 of the Constitution included a clause that, “no person held to service or labor” would be released from … Continue reading Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Essex County

Resource | African Americans in Essex County: An Annotated Guide

This report detailing how and where to locate resources for sharing honest and inclusive Black history within Essex County archives was produced by Dr. Kabria Baumgartner and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello for Salem Maritime National Historic Site. It follows from a two-year project, funded by the National Park Service and administered by the Organization of American … Continue reading Resource | African Americans in Essex County: An Annotated Guide

Disposition of the Enslaved in a Salem Household: The Probate of Hannah (Clark) Cabot

By Beth Bower As an antidote to any lingering ignorance of slavery in Essex County and the cruel reality of enslavement and racism in the North, I offer the probate of widow Hannah (Clark) Cabot of Salem, Massachusetts. Proved in 1764, the inventory and disposition of Rose, Peter, and Celia makes clear that these individuals … Continue reading Disposition of the Enslaved in a Salem Household: The Probate of Hannah (Clark) Cabot

Race & Slavery in New England Symposium

Monday, October 11, 20218:30 AM – 5:30 PM EDT Please join the Museum of Old Newbury, writers, and historians on Monday, October 11, 2021 at The Governor's Academy, Byfield, Mass., to explore the lives and work of black New Englanders through a fresh examination of the historical record and recent research. Presenters will also bring to life … Continue reading Race & Slavery in New England Symposium

Lost Years Recovered: John Peters and Phillis Wheatley Peters in Middleton

Tuesday, September 21, 20215:15pm - 7:15pmOnline Event Registration Phillis Wheatley was an African-born poet who, from the age of seven, was enslaved in late eighteenth-century Boston. The genius of her poetry led to acclaim both in northern British colonies and in England. She published her first book of poetry in London on a tour there … Continue reading Lost Years Recovered: John Peters and Phillis Wheatley Peters in Middleton

Event: Unsung Heroes: Black Women in Essex County 3/28/21

With Dr. Kabria Baumgartner of University of New Hampshire and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello of Salem State University Hosted by Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 1:00p.m. Register here In celebration of Salem Women’s History Day, join us for a virtual program, “Unsung Heroes: Black Women in Essex County,” at 1:00p.m. … Continue reading Event: Unsung Heroes: Black Women in Essex County 3/28/21

Agnes, An Enslaved Woman’s Grave on Old Burial Hill, Marblehead, MA

By Lauren McCormack, Executive Director, Marblehead Museum, Marblehead, MA Agnes Russell is one of only three known burials of a Person of Color in Marblehead's oldest cemetery, Old Burial Hill. Her gravestone has been lost for over 40 years, but now there is a movement afoot to again mark her grave honorably while contextualizing her … Continue reading Agnes, An Enslaved Woman’s Grave on Old Burial Hill, Marblehead, MA