​A Community of Changemakers: Exploring the history of Black activism in Essex County

Date: February 16, 2023


Essex Heritage is hosting a free symposium on Saturday, March 25 at Salem State University from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Local educators, historians, scholars, and students will lead the audience in exploring the history of African American activism in Essex County.

How can primary sources from the region’s past and contemporary voices in the local Black community inform our understanding of how to approach this topic? How are local museums, educators, and cultural institutions exploring these stories? Join us as we consider these and other questions via scholarly presentations, topic-specific break-out sessions, critical discussions, and facilitated activities.

This event is meant to extend the impact of a recently published guide compiled by Dr. Liz Duclos-Orsello (Salem State University) and Dr. Kabria Baumgartner (Northeastern University) called “African Americans in Essex County: An Annotated Guide.”

After the formal portion of the event, attendees are invited to join Dan Lipcan, Ann C. Pingree Director of PEM’s Phillips Library, for a tour of the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibition “Let None Be Excluded.“

The symposium is free, but space is limited so registration is required. Coffee will be provided. Lunch can be purchased at the Salem State Cafeteria or Starbucks on campus.

Register HERE. The symposium is hosted by Essex Heritage in partnership with Salem State University.

For a list of this symposium’s speakers and contributors, click HERE.

This project is funded by an African American Civil Rights Grant through the National Park Service. This material was produced with assistance from the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior under Grant Number [P21AP11739-00]. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.