On April 2nd, 2016 Essex Heritage hosted over 80 scholars, teachers, museum staff, historians, and other interested members of the public at Salem State University to explore the history and legacies of slavery in the North. Via panels, interactive sessions, and presentations, participants grappled with questions such as: What are the stories about slavery that our institutions are not telling? What are best practices for approaching these topics with visitors, students, and the public?
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Joanne Pope Melish, presented her scholarly research on the topic, reminding us that “knowing the history is a catalyst for reconciliation.” Essex Heritage encourages continued discovery and dissemination of the complex history of slavery and emancipation.
Please visit our online platform for a full list of resources from the symposium and beyond!
Click here to see video footage from the day produced by Salem Access Television.
The symposium was funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.