Tonight! New England and the Global Color Line, with Samantha Payne

The role of New England in the global expansion of white supremacist politics after the abolition of slavery Hosted by Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm Register here In the middle of the nineteenth century, elite white men from New England began to purchase Cuban … Continue reading Tonight! New England and the Global Color Line, with Samantha Payne

ABB & IAA Event | The Black Man in the Forest: Race, Fugitivity, and the Creation of an Early Modern Boogeyman with Dr. Nicole Maskiell 7/29

ReMapping New England is a collaboration between Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance that aims to re-member our communities in all their diversity and radically shift public consciousness toward truth. Thursday, July 29, 2021, 5:00 PM ET Register here This month we'll be joined by Dr. Nicole Maskiell, Assistant Professor in the Department of … Continue reading ABB & IAA Event | The Black Man in the Forest: Race, Fugitivity, and the Creation of an Early Modern Boogeyman with Dr. Nicole Maskiell 7/29

Job opportunity | Williams College seeks research associate for Reimagining New England Histories

Research Associate/Project Coordinator Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Williams College seeks a Research Associate/Project Coordinator as part of its participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative. This is a part-time (~15 hours per week), two and a half-year term, grant-funded role that will support both the research and administrative aspects of the … Continue reading Job opportunity | Williams College seeks research associate for Reimagining New England Histories

Event | Flouting the Law: Massachusetts Residents Still Owned Slaves in 1850!

Held in the Balance: The Trask 250 An Evening with Nicka Sewell-Smith Hosted by the Massachusetts Genealogical Council Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET Click here to register In late 2014, Nicka Sewel-Smith uncovered one of the biggest finds of her genealogical career. She discovered ancestors that were enslaved by brothers Israel Elliot … Continue reading Event | Flouting the Law: Massachusetts Residents Still Owned Slaves in 1850!

Event | Quock Walker Day Commemoration on 7/8/21

Hosted by the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) Thursday, July 8th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm   Join the zoom meeting here! Quock Walker, a young man from Barre, MA and of Akan and Ewe lineage, self-emancipated, endured brutality from his former enslaver, fought through the legal system to safeguard his natural freedom, and … Continue reading Event | Quock Walker Day Commemoration on 7/8/21

Event today | Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center Grand Opening

Friday, June 25, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 67 Davisville Road, E. Falmouth Dual grand opening ceremony for the Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center and the Emerald House Community Gardens Featuring   - Candida Rose/Golden Rose Music ~ Cape Verdean Exhibits – Nana’s Kitchen and Nautical ~ Migrant Communities Exhibit and … Continue reading Event today | Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center Grand Opening

ABB Event | In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in the Antebellum North with Dr. Kabria Baumgartner on 6/24

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance Thursday, June 24th at 5:00 pm Register here Join us for ReMapping New England, an ongoing collaboration between Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance that aims to re-member our communities in all their diversity and radically shift public consciousness toward truth. Uncovering the hidden role … Continue reading ABB Event | In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in the Antebellum North with Dr. Kabria Baumgartner on 6/24

Event today | Slavery in Lincoln, MA: Reckoning with Our Past, Planning for a More Honest and Inclusive Future, with Pr. Elise Lemire

Hosted by Bemis Lecture and the Lincoln Historical Society Saturday, June 19, 4-5 PM Register here Juneteenth, or June Nineteenth, celebrates the nation’s second, but no less important, independence day, when federal troops arrived in Texas in 1865 to ensure that all of the people enslaved there were freed. In celebration of this day, Bemis … Continue reading Event today | Slavery in Lincoln, MA: Reckoning with Our Past, Planning for a More Honest and Inclusive Future, with Pr. Elise Lemire

Event | Hidden Brookline’s Slavery & Freedom Walking Tour 6/27

Sunday, June 27, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 amMeet at Town Hall, 333 Washington St., Brookline, MAGreat for adults + students from grade 6 or 7 up Led by Barbara Brown, chair of the Hidden Brookline Committee, Office of Diversity Register here through Brookline Adult Ed Much of Brookline's history remains hidden in plain view. This walking tour will visit … Continue reading Event | Hidden Brookline’s Slavery & Freedom Walking Tour 6/27

ABB Event | In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in the Antebellum North with Dr. Kabria Baumgartner on 6/24

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance Thursday, June 24th at 5:00 pm Register here Join us for ReMapping New England, an ongoing collaboration between Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance that aims to re-member our communities in all their diversity and radically shift public consciousness toward truth. Uncovering the hidden role … Continue reading ABB Event | In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in the Antebellum North with Dr. Kabria Baumgartner on 6/24

Short film series: Imagining the Age of Phillis

Commissioned by Revolutionary Spaces Watch now Revolutionary Spaces has commissioned a short film series called Imagining the Age of Phillis to bring a selection of the poems by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers to life. The poems and films explore the world of 18th-century Boston through the lens of Phillis Wheatley Peters's identity and experiences. They were shot on … Continue reading Short film series: Imagining the Age of Phillis

Event | A Town Divided: Framingham, Slavery, and the Civil War with Mary McNeil 6/17

Hosted by the Framingham Public Library and the Framingham History Center Thursday June 17, 2021 @ 7 pm Register here Despite the fact that slavery had been effectively abolished since the 1780s, Framingham, like many other New England towns and cities, maintained a complicated relationship to slavery and abolition throughout the 19th century, according to … Continue reading Event | A Town Divided: Framingham, Slavery, and the Civil War with Mary McNeil 6/17

How the Myth of a Liberal North Erases a Long History of White Violence

Anti-black racism has terrorized African Americans throughout the nation’s history, regardless of where in the country they lived. By Christy Clark-Pujara and Anna-Lisa Cox This article was originally published on the blog for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History as the first of a five-part series titled "Black Life in Two Pandemics: Histories of … Continue reading How the Myth of a Liberal North Erases a Long History of White Violence

Event tonight | “The Diseased Ship” with Meadow Dibble

A cautionary tale that went untold for two centuries Hosted by Boston By Foot Monday, May 17, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET Register here On August 1, 1819, a majestic Maine-built ship docked at Boston’s Long Wharf, completing a nearly year-long voyage to West Africa and the West Indies that only a few … Continue reading Event tonight | “The Diseased Ship” with Meadow Dibble

Event | Massachusetts History Conference

Registration for the Massachusetts History Conference on June 7, 2021 is now open! View program and register here Want to engage volunteers in digital projects? Thinking about using crowdsourcing as a tool to build digital collections? Join experts from UMass Boston’s University Archives and Special Collections and the Boston Public Library for two sessions all … Continue reading Event | Massachusetts History Conference

Event | Diverse Histories of Boston’s Oldest Buildings on 5/12/21

Hosted by Old North Church Joe Bagley shares the stories of six of the North End's oldest buildings--and what they can tell us about the people who lived in them. Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 p.m. ET Register here As Boston approaches its four-hundredth anniversary, it is remarkable that the city still … Continue reading Event | Diverse Histories of Boston’s Oldest Buildings on 5/12/21

Building a Better Black Box

By Meadow Dibble What you are looking at is a document chest believed to have belonged to Elijah Cobb (1768–1848), one of New England’s most celebrated sea captains and the founding father of my hometown on Cape Cod. You might even call it a 19th-century black box, since the purpose of this object, like that … Continue reading Building a Better Black Box

For Whaling Captains, Diversity Flourished

By Skip Finley Many splendid homes on Martha’s Vineyard were built by whaling captains, but little has been written about the origin of the money that allowed their construction. For 156 years — from 1738 to 1894 — whaling dominated the economy on Martha’s Vineyard. Capt. Joseph Belain painting by Elizabeth Whalen Southern New England … Continue reading For Whaling Captains, Diversity Flourished