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Virtual program celebrates history of Black women in Essex County

A black and white portrait of an African American woman wearing a dress, blouse, and standing next to a chair.
Unidentified woman, Salem, Massachusetts

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-11074

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News Release Date: March 8, 2021

Contact: Maryann Zujewski, 978-578-1642

SALEM, MA — In celebration of Salem Women’s History Day, join us for a virtual program, “Unsung Heroes: Black Women in Essex County,” at 1:00p.m. on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Presented in partnership with Essex Heritage this program is free, but registration is required.

Dr. Kabria Baumgartner of University of New Hampshire and Dr. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello of Salem State University have spent the past two years visiting historic repositories throughout Essex County to collect, compile and catalog the rich history of African Americans in this area. There are a wide range of stories and accounts of Black women in these collections and repositories. However, there is no singular Black woman’s story; there is richness and diversity in the lives they lived.

In this virtual presentation, learn about the impetus behind the project, what they have learned, and how local residents, organizations and institutions can honor the stories of Black women in Essex County. 



Last updated: August 6, 2021

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