Local Events:

In addition to compiling this history, we also want to showcase community events centered around African Americans in Essex County. Visit our local events page to find a wide range of events that celebrate, promote, or educate about African American history and culture.

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Resources on this website are divided into four themes: Resisting Enslavement, Post-Emancipation Perseverance, Education, and Community Spaces/Events, each of which highlights an important aspect of Black activism in Essex County. Through primary sources, historical context, and various projects, we explore the impact and importance of the Black experience in this community.

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Our timeline showcases the rich history of Black activism throughout the last few centuries in Essex County, highlighting the significant contributions of African Americans to our community.

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Our projects page includes links to larger resources across the county, including educational resources for classroom lessons, links to local historical sites, documents, and archival material.

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