Event | Contradictory Place: Cotton Mills Alongside Anti-Slavery Efforts in Lowell MA on 12/7/22

From the 1830s through the Civil War, many Lowellians from all walks of life engaged in concerted efforts to block the expansion of slavery and helped freedom seekers even when this meant defying federal law. “A Contradictory Place” offers viewers a way to learn about an important, but too often neglected, chapter of our history.

Event | I Will Be Heard: Antislavery Printing and Youth Activism at William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator Office on 12/10/22

The 3rd Annual William Lloyd Garrison Lecture, delivered this year by historian Kabria Baumgartner, will examine the lesser known role that Garrison and his radical antislavery newspaper played in teaching Black youth communication arts skills that they used to advance the antislavery movement and their own careers in diverse occupations.

Event | Overlooked Stories and Histories: African Americans in Maine on 11/10/22

This Great Falls Forum panel will share stories to advance our knowledge of African Americans in Maine. Along with building a more honest and inclusive narrative of the community’s racial-ethnic heritage, panelists offer creative ways to preserve and celebrate told and untold stories of work, community-building, and the region's multifaceted heritage.

Event | New Insights into Indigenous and Enslaved People in Colonial Portland on 11/16/22

Hosted by the Tate House Museum Zoom Lecture presented by:Holly K. Hurd, Executive Director Laura F. Sprague, Consulting CuratorWednesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m.  Register here The lecture will highlight new research about colonial Portland & perspectives on Indigenous and Enslaved people that will expand the interpretation of historic Tate House. The lecture will be moderated by … Continue reading Event | New Insights into Indigenous and Enslaved People in Colonial Portland on 11/16/22

Tomorrow! Walking Tour of Slavery & Freedom with Hidden Brookline 

November 5th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm Hosted by Hidden Brookline Sign up here This lively 90-minute tour visits three sites to tell the history and stories of slavery and freedom. We begin at Town Hall where participants look for evidence of slavery that is hidden, but in plain sight. The walk continues to an Underground Railroad … Continue reading Tomorrow! Walking Tour of Slavery & Freedom with Hidden Brookline 

Question: How likely is it that enslaved people in 18th-century MA were buried with their enslavers?

This question is from Barbara Brown of Hidden Brookline. The Friends of Brookline's Old Burying Ground are planning to place markers in the cemetery to mark and honor the enslaved buried there. At this point, we have confirmed 10 enslaved people as buried in the cemetery, with 8 out of the 10 listed as buried … Continue reading Question: How likely is it that enslaved people in 18th-century MA were buried with their enslavers?

News | ‘Here Lies Darby Vassall’ installation honors the life of anti-slavery advocate and activist

Story by Tiziana Dearing and Andrea Perdomo-HernandezWBUR Radio BostonOctober 12, 2022 Christ Church Cambridge hosted a special event Wednesday to honor a man who shares a crypt with two people who enslaved him and his parents. "Here Lies Darby Vassall" is a multimedia installation by Harvard University Graduate School of Design student Nicole Piepenbrink, commemorating Darby … Continue reading News | ‘Here Lies Darby Vassall’ installation honors the life of anti-slavery advocate and activist

New Podcast: 99 Years, A Black exploration of the deliberate creation of the whitest state in the nation

99 Years podcast: Episode 1 This new podcast from Samuel James explores the Black history of Maine and the ties between national and local institutionalized racism. Samuel James is a journalist, storyteller and musician. Through his work as staff writer for Black Girl in Maine Media and his long-running column Racisms for Mainer Magazine Samuel … Continue reading New Podcast: 99 Years, A Black exploration of the deliberate creation of the whitest state in the nation

Event tonight | The Hard History Project: Practical Examples for Teaching Slavery Across Grade Bands 10/11/22

Hosted by The Hard History Project October 11th, at 7:00pm EST Register here Presented by the Hard History Project and our friends at Freedom on the Move, this free webinar will feature best practices for teaching slavery in the United States to elementary, middle school and high school students.  During the webinar, participants will gain practical, use-tomorrow … Continue reading Event tonight | The Hard History Project: Practical Examples for Teaching Slavery Across Grade Bands 10/11/22

News | The slave trade thrived in the Meadowlands. A N.J. woman wanted the story told.

By Keith Sargeant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com The shackled men and women were sold door to door. Privateers sailed up the Hackensack River, offering slaves to plantation owners from modern-day Newark to Rutherford. The Africans were lucrative human cargo, seized when the pirates commandeered slave ships in Perth Amboy before fleeing north to … Continue reading News | The slave trade thrived in the Meadowlands. A N.J. woman wanted the story told.

News | Boston archeologists digging for artifacts tied to slavery, Underground Railroad

Boston’s archeology team is digging at several sites through the city to uncover untold stories of the city’s connection to slavery, the Underground Railroad and Black history. The first of three excavations got underway in mid-September at the Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury. The mansion, built in 1747, was once the seasonal country estate of William … Continue reading News | Boston archeologists digging for artifacts tied to slavery, Underground Railroad

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