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

Conference | Teaching Race & Slavery in the American Classroom 11/3 – 5

Hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale Thursday, November 3, 2022 • 6:30pm through Saturday, November 5, 2022 • 3:30pm Register Here • Full Conference Schedule The 24th Annual Conference hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at … Continue reading Conference | Teaching Race & Slavery in the American Classroom 11/3 – 5

Event | Confronting Our History: Reinterpreting the Skolfields & the Slave Economy

Zoom at Noon with Genevieve Vogel, Whitman College November 10th, 2022 Noon EST on Zoom Register here In the colonial era, Maine had a significant population of enslaved people and engaged heavily in the Atlantic slave trade. By Alfred Skolfield’s time (1815-1895), slavery had legally ended in Maine. However, Northern prosperity had become inseparable from … Continue reading Event | Confronting Our History: Reinterpreting the Skolfields & the Slave Economy

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

Tonight! The Hidden History of Castine’s African & African American Residents at 5 pm

What's hiding in your town's collections? Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Tonight, Thursday, September 15th at 5:00 pm REGISTER HERE In 2019, Lisa Simpson Lutts began researching Africans and African Americans who lived and worked in Castine, a small but important seaport in downeast Maine in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Through her research, … Continue reading Tonight! The Hidden History of Castine’s African & African American Residents at 5 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

ABB Event | The Hidden History of Castine’s African & African American Residents on 9/15

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, September 15th at 5:00 pm REGISTER HERE Don't miss this engaging online event featuring researcher Lisa Lutts, who is uncovering the hidden and forgotten histories of the enslaved and free people of color who made an impact on Castine, Maine. In 2019, Lisa Simpson Lutts began researching Africans and African Americans who … Continue reading ABB Event | The Hidden History of Castine’s African & African American Residents on 9/15

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

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

ABB Event | The Trask 250: Breakthroughs in African American Genealogy on 8/25/22

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 ABB Event | The Trask 250: Breakthroughs in African American Genealogy on 8/25/22

ABB Event tomorrow | The Prince Project: Enslavement in Maine in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, Jul 28, 2022, 5:00 PM ET Register here Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series, Vana Carmona will share what she has learned about slavery in Maine The early days of enslavement in Maine are painfully hard to reconstruct. Records are elusive and often contradictory. Names change … Continue reading ABB Event tomorrow | The Prince Project: Enslavement in Maine in the 17th and 18th Centuries

ABB Event | The Prince Project: Enslavement in Maine in the 17th and 18th Centuries on 7/28/22

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, Jul 28, 2022, 5:00 PM ET Register here Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series, Vana Carmona will share what she has learned about slavery in Maine The early days of enslavement in Maine are painfully hard to reconstruct. Records are elusive and often contradictory. Names change … Continue reading ABB Event | The Prince Project: Enslavement in Maine in the 17th and 18th Centuries on 7/28/22

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 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