Event | Upstander Project Films Online at Stanley-Whitman House on 6/16 and 6/23

Hosted by the Stanley Whitman House Stanley-Whitman House presents the screening of two Upstander Project Films this June, made possible by a grant from Connecticut Humanities. The films – Dawnland, screening on Thursday, June 16th at 7:00 pm, and Bounty, screening on June 23 at 7:00 pm – seek to initiate tough, meaningful conversations about … Continue reading Event | Upstander Project Films Online at Stanley-Whitman House on 6/16 and 6/23

Event | Whaling Captains of Color on 6/7/22

Martha’s Vineyard author, Skip Finley will lead the audience on his journey of discovery on Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm at Linden Place Hosted by Linden Place Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm on site at Linden Place500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809 Whaling was the first American industry to exhibit any diversity, and the proportion … Continue reading Event | Whaling Captains of Color on 6/7/22

Event | Portland’s Complicity in African Enslavement on 5/29

Hosted by First Parish Unitarian Universalist Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 10 a.m.First Parish Unitarian Universalist425 Congress St.Portland, Maine Seth Goldstein, instructor at Maine College of Art and educational director of Atlantic Black Box, will speak Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 10 a.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress St. His two-part talk will … Continue reading Event | Portland’s Complicity in African Enslavement on 5/29

ABB Event | In Mind and Memory: The Remarkable 18th-Century Will of Quash on 5/22

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, May 26, 2022, 5:00 PM EDT Register here Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series, James Tanzer discovers the will of a formerly enslaved Black man from Topsham, Maine In the spring of 2020, while working on a genealogy project in the history of a white family … Continue reading ABB Event | In Mind and Memory: The Remarkable 18th-Century Will of Quash on 5/22

Event | Maine Seafaring Families and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Hosted by Maine Maritime Museum Thursday, May 19, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Register here Kate McMahon, a leading scholar in New England’s complicity in the Atlantic Slave Trade, will share her latest research that implicates Maine ship captains, shipbuilding families, and the direct and indirect ways Maine’s shipbuilding industry perpetuated an American economy … Continue reading Event | Maine Seafaring Families and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Event | Boston at 200: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going

Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society Monday, May 9, 2022, 6:00PM - 7:30PM This is a hybrid event. The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will began at 6:00.  Register to attend online Register to attend in person Panelists:Robert Allison, Suffolk UniversityKarilyn Crockett, MITKerri Greenidge, Tufts UniversityPeter Drummey, MHSLuc Schuster, Boston Indicators Remarks: Councilor Ed … Continue reading Event | Boston at 200: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going

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

Report of the Presidential Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery

Harvard’s motto, Veritas, inscribed on gates, doorways, and sculptures all over campus, demands of us truth. On April 26, 2022, Harvard President Larry Bacow released the Report of the Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery, accepted the committee’s recommendations in full, and announced a historic commitment of $100 million to fund their implementation. … Continue reading Report of the Presidential Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery

In the news | Harvard leaders and staff enslaved 79 people

Harvard Details Its Ties to Slavery and Its Plans for RedressNew York Times | April 26, 2022 Harvard leaders and staff enslaved 79 people, university findsWashington Post | April 27, 2022 ‘This report is unflinching’: Harvard University confronts its ties to slaveryBoston Globe | April 26, 2022 ...and from our Logbooks, read: Cicely was young, … Continue reading In the news | Harvard leaders and staff enslaved 79 people

Event | Screening and discussion of “Contradictory Place”: Cotton Mills Alongside Anti-Slavery Efforts in Lowell, MA on 4/29

Hosted by History Studio on the Commons A screening and discussion with Professor Robert Forrant Friday, April 29, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET Register here 'Contradictory Place' describes the extraordinary anti-slavery efforts taking place in Lowell in the mid-19th century when the city’s cotton mills were at their peak. Professor Robert Forrant and Maritza Grooms visit … Continue reading Event | Screening and discussion of “Contradictory Place”: Cotton Mills Alongside Anti-Slavery Efforts in Lowell, MA on 4/29

Event | 2022 Conference: Underrepresented Voices of the American Revolution July 14-16, 2022

Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society View full conference schedule. Registration All attendees must register to attend the conference. Note that conference presenters and commenters do NOT need to register.  Register to attend only Day 1 sessions and free reception at the MHS here.  Register to attend the events of both Day 1 and Day 2 … Continue reading Event | 2022 Conference: Underrepresented Voices of the American Revolution July 14-16, 2022

ABB & IAA Event | ReMAPping New England: Reclaiming Legacy with Tanya Crane and The Haus of Glitter on 4/14/22

Hosted by Indigo Arts Alliance and Atlantic Black Box Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm ETIn-person and virtual event Register here On April 14th at 6pm, join Indigo Arts Alliance and Atlantic Black Box for ReMAPping New England: Reclaiming Legacy. ReMAPping New England is a historical recovery project aimed at inscribing effaced narratives both … Continue reading ABB & IAA Event | ReMAPping New England: Reclaiming Legacy with Tanya Crane and The Haus of Glitter on 4/14/22

Opportunity | Summer Fellowships for Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty, and Freedom

SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS WILL REIMAGINE NEW ENGLAND’S PAST Learn more and apply here During the summer of 2022, Munson Institute classes will be a part of the  Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom project. The Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice … Continue reading Opportunity | Summer Fellowships for Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty, and Freedom

Researching Black Histories from the Eustis Estate: Notes on Process

By Eleanor Proctor Research Scholar, Historic New England In the fall of 2021, I began a research fellowship at Historic New England’s Study Center in Milton, MA, hoping to find information on those who worked for the Eustis family at their estate there between 1880 and 1930. I expected to see histories of the Irish … Continue reading Researching Black Histories from the Eustis Estate: Notes on Process

ABB Event | Making Visible the Invisible People in Maine’s History on 3/31/22

Next up in our What Happened Here Series, a talk by Maine historian Bob Greene Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET Register here You would think that a Black person would easily stand out in what is called one of the whitest states in the nation. … Continue reading ABB Event | Making Visible the Invisible People in Maine’s History on 3/31/22

Event | Remembering Phillis on 4/7/22

Hosted by Revolutionary Spaces April 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Old South Meeting House Register here Join Revolutionary Spaces for a celebration of Phillis Wheatley Peters — a literary prodigy in 18th century Boston who became the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry. Spending most of her life enslaved, … Continue reading Event | Remembering Phillis on 4/7/22

A Presidential Pardon

By Bill Grabin Just History: Uncovering an Inclusive Story of the People of the Kennebunk Region On March 20, 1830, the following statement came forth from the White House: “Whereas it has been represented to me that the American Brig Volant … belonging to Adam Stone and Asa Fairfield, citizens of the United States residing … Continue reading A Presidential Pardon