Salem’s Black Heritage is incredibly rich. As slaves or free men and women, as merchants, mariners, abolitionists, and activists, people of color and their advocates have been an integral part of Salem almost since the city’s founding in 1626.
Did you know Salem was a hotbed of abolitionist activity? That the Black Picnic dates to 1741, or that the city’s public schools were among the first in the nation to be integrated? Learn more through this audio tour, featuring 25 sites, each with a narration of 1-3 minutes.