Slavery and Abolition in Salem

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Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Though slavery in Salem was never as widespread as the south, slave labor played a vital role in Salem's Maritime economy before and even after Massachusetts abolished slavery in 1783. Join us for a special program to discuss the history and nature of slavery and abolition in Massachusetts and learn how these changes were experienced by Sabe and Rose Derby, an enslaved man and woman of the Derby family.



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193 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970

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From Route 128, take exit 25A, Route 114 East to Salem. Follow Route 114 into Salem where it will become North Street, then Summer Street (pass the Witch House on the right). Turn left onto Norman Street and then stay straight through the traffic light onto Derby Street (note: Route 114 will turn right at this corner toward Marblehead). Follow Derby Street through the traffic light straight past the Beverly Cooperative Bank to the next intersection. Park in the South Harbor pay-parking garage on this corner. Walk east on Derby Street (continuing in the same direction) for about three minutes past the hotel and Pickering Wharf to Waite & Peirce on Derby Street. There are two handicapped parking spots and a number of metered parking spots on Derby Street across from Waite & Peirce. If you are heading to the Salem Visitor Center, turn left onto Hawthorne Boulevard. At the light turn left onto Essex Street. The Visitor Center is at end of Essex Street on right corner. There is a pay-parking garage across the street from the Visitor Center.