Salem's Black Heritage Audio Tour

Hosted By: 

Voices Against Injustice (formerly The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice)
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.

Special Instructions: 

Pick and choose the sites of interest to you. Sites are spread across Salem and can be visited in any order. Many merely mark a home or the location where an event occurred. Not all sites have buildings of historical interest. Download app at, then select Salem's Black Heritage.

Facility Features: 


2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA, 01970

Driving Directions: 

Tour can begin anywhere. We suggest starting at the Salem Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street in downtown Salem where a companion info card is available.