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 | 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

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

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

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

Event | Recovering Northern New England’s Voices on 4/14/22

Hosted by Historic New England Thursday, April 14, 5:00 p.m. EDT Register here Through our multi-year project Recovering New England's Voices, Research Scholar Scot McFarlane explores the missing stories of the people who lived and worked at our historic properties in northern New England. At this virtual event, learn more about these people and how researching the wider context … Continue reading Event | Recovering Northern New England’s Voices on 4/14/22

ABB event tonight at 5 | John Peters & Phillis Wheatley Peters: The Middleton Years with Dr. Cornelia Dayton

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thu, Feb 24, 2022, 5:00 PM EST Register here Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series: A free Black couple move to a town north of Boston and are run out by its residents In the years when slavery was ending in Massachusetts, the Peterses, a free Black … Continue reading ABB event tonight at 5 | John Peters & Phillis Wheatley Peters: The Middleton Years with Dr. Cornelia Dayton

ABB Event | John Peters & Phillis Wheatley Peters: The Middleton Years, a talk by Dr. Cornelia Dayton on 2/24/22

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series: A free Black couple move to a town north of Boston and are run out by its residents Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET Register here Phillis Wheatley Peters (1753 – 1784) was enslaved and educated in … Continue reading ABB Event | John Peters & Phillis Wheatley Peters: The Middleton Years, a talk by Dr. Cornelia Dayton on 2/24/22

Event | Beverly’s Enslaved and Freed on 2/16/22

Hosted by Historic Beverly Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 pm $10 / free for members Register here Have you ever wondered about some of the earliest African-Americans in Beverly? Explore a few of their stories through objects and documents in Historic Beverly’s collection during this virtual program.  We will show you how some Beverly citizens participated in the slave trade … Continue reading Event | Beverly’s Enslaved and Freed on 2/16/22

Resource | Online Database Documenting Free and Enslaved People of Color in Marblehead, Mass

Discover the stories of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who lived and worked in Marblehead through the 19th century. The purpose of this database is to shed light on the diverse individuals who contributed to the Marblehead community. Written in an accessible narrative form, the database is built for genealogists, researchers, students, and … Continue reading Resource | Online Database Documenting Free and Enslaved People of Color in Marblehead, Mass

Event | Cuban Slavery and Northern Wealth: The Gibsons’ Time in Cuba on 2/15/22

A presentation by Stephen Chambers and Maddie Webster Hosted by The Gibson House Museum Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Register here In the 1830s, John Gardiner Gibson, the patriarch of the Gibson family, worked as a sugar trader for a major Cuban export company. At the time, Cuba was on the way to … Continue reading Event | Cuban Slavery and Northern Wealth: The Gibsons’ Time in Cuba on 2/15/22

Event | “Twas Not Long Since I Left My Native Shore”: Phillis Wheatley’s Celestial Cartography on 2/17/22

A talk by William Decker, Oklahoma State University Hosted by Massachusetts Historical Society Thursday, February 17, 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Register here Against the enduring mystery of Phillis Wheatley’s African origin, this talk will address how the poet established bearings in a world far from her natal landscape. A Christian convert whose poems celebrate a spiritual journey from darkness … Continue reading Event | “Twas Not Long Since I Left My Native Shore”: Phillis Wheatley’s Celestial Cartography on 2/17/22

Event | Challenging Assumptions in Telling Underrepresented History on 2/9/22

Hosted by Massachusetts Historical Society With Cynthia Cowan, Historic Newton; Stacen Goldman, Framingham History Center; Kyera Singleton, Royall House and Slave Quarters; and Barbara Brown, Hidden Brookline Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM Register here Too often public history organizations have believed that there were not enough records to give voice to enslaved people … Continue reading Event | Challenging Assumptions in Telling Underrepresented History on 2/9/22

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