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

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

ABB & IAA Event | ReMAPping New England: Reclaiming Legacy with Tanya Crane and The Haus of Glitter on 4/14/22

Hosted by Indigo Arts Alliance and Atlantic Black Box Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm ETIn-person and virtual event Register here On April 14th at 6pm, join Indigo Arts Alliance and Atlantic Black Box for ReMAPping New England: Reclaiming Legacy. ReMAPping New England is a historical recovery project aimed at inscribing effaced narratives both … Continue reading ABB & IAA Event | ReMAPping New England: Reclaiming Legacy with Tanya Crane and The Haus of Glitter on 4/14/22

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

ABB Event | Making Visible the Invisible People in Maine’s History on 3/31/22

Next up in our What Happened Here Series, a talk by Maine historian Bob Greene Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET Register here You would think that a Black person would easily stand out in what is called one of the whitest states in the nation. … Continue reading ABB Event | Making Visible the Invisible People in Maine’s History on 3/31/22

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

Opportunity | Join the 1619 Education Network

The Pulitzer Center encourages educators to Apply To Join The 1619 Project Education Network! We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2022 cohort of The 1619 Project Education Network! As part of this paid, virtual program, a cohort of some 40 teams made up of administrators and educators will receive grants of $5,000 each to … Continue reading Opportunity | Join the 1619 Education Network

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 | Let’s Talk: Facilitating Critical Conversations About Race 2/17/22

Hosted by The Hard History Project This workshop is based on Learning for Justice's "Let's Talk" guide February 17, 2022 at 7:00pm ET There is no need to register for the workshop. All you need to do is click the link below. Join event here Educators play a crucial role in helping students talk openly … Continue reading Event | Let’s Talk: Facilitating Critical Conversations About Race 2/17/22

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 | Maine and the Economics of Enslavement with ABB’s Seth Goldstein on 2/9/22

Hosted by Maine Maritime Museum February 9, 2022 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm Register here https://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/event/maine-and-the-economics-of-enslavement/ About the speaker Seth Goldstein, M.A. is Education Coordinator for Atlantic Black Box. He grew up on Cape Cod, where he developed his passion for maritime history. Seth received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz … Continue reading Event | Maine and the Economics of Enslavement with ABB’s Seth Goldstein on 2/9/22

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