Meanings of Freedom
September 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a special program resulting from recent research on black history at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Like many wealthy Salem families, the Derby family owned slaves. We will discuss the black experience of living in Salem both before and after Massachusetts’ legal end of slavery in 1783, as well as Salem’s links to the institution of slavery at large. Participants walk to relevant sites and examine documents to learn about enslaved, free, and freed Blacks in 18th and early 19th century Salem.