Watch | Old North and Enslaved People in the British Colonial Period

From the series "Illuminating the Unseen" by Old North Church, Boston In this episode of Illuminating the Unseen, Jaimie discusses slavery in Boston during the British colonial period. How did it differ from Southern slavery? How many enslaved people lived in Massachusetts? How did Old North congregants participate in and profit from slavery? Jaimie looks … Continue reading Watch | Old North and Enslaved People in the British Colonial Period

Tonight! Teaching Northern Slavery @ 7 pm

Hosted by Teaching Hard History and Salem Maritime National Historic Site September 20th at 7:00pm EST Teaching Hard History partnered with the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and local teachers to co-develop materials to teach "hard history" in the North.  Who and what is the webinar for? The webinar will highlight new digital resources for … Continue reading Tonight! Teaching Northern Slavery @ 7 pm

Event | Salem Maritime’s new education program and resources for teaching local history of slavery and freedom on 9/20

Hosted by Salem Maritime & The Hard History Project  Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register here Join Salem Maritime National Historic Site from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 for a virtual event on teaching the history of slavery and freedom in Salem, Massachusetts. This free webinar highlights … Continue reading Event | Salem Maritime’s new education program and resources for teaching local history of slavery and freedom on 9/20

Event | Finding Pomp Russell, or how an Enslaved Black Infant from MA Became a NH Revolutionary War Soldier and citizen of Weld, Maine on 9/10

A Talk by Judy Granger Hosted by Hancock County Genealogical Society Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM ET Click here to join event This genealogical and historical research grew out of Judy Granger's discovery of an amazing document: the first American Anti-Slavery Almanac. Sharing this news prompted a friend's family story about Pomp Russell, … Continue reading Event | Finding Pomp Russell, or how an Enslaved Black Infant from MA Became a NH Revolutionary War Soldier and citizen of Weld, Maine on 9/10

Event | Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England on 9/14

A Zoom Presentation by Dr. Jean M. O'Brien Hosted by Historic Northampton and Sponsored by On Native Land: Leverett Advocacy & Education Group Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 7 pm Register here Professor Jean O’Brien (White Earth Ojibwe) will discuss how local historians in New England, writing between 1820 and 1880, promoted the myth of … Continue reading Event | Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England on 9/14

TONIGHT at 5pm! The Trask 250: Breakthroughs in African American Genealogy

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 6:00 pm Register here Next up in our speaker series, genealogist Nicka Sewell-Smith will share her discoveries about the ancestors enslaved by MA residents In late 2014, Nicka Sewell-Smith uncovered one of the biggest finds of her genealogy career thanks initially to genetic genealogy and … Continue reading TONIGHT at 5pm! The Trask 250: Breakthroughs in African American Genealogy

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