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African-American History Tour of Salem

African-American History Tour of Salem
Cultural & Theme Tours > Historical & Heritage Tours > Historical Tour
$12
Duration: 60 minutes
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Description

African-Americans were first enslaved in Massachusetts in 1623, Governor John Winthrop wrote the country's first slave law in 1634 and many more African-Americans arrived in Salem in 1638. After gaining freedom in 1781 due to a lawsuit by Elizabeth Freeman (aka Mumbet), an enslaved person, African-Americans made great strides in the community and major contributions to Salem society by influencing policy, establishing businesses and leading the abolitionist movement.

15-20 minutes prior to the departure time at 1:30pm, check in at the Salem Historical Tours office, located at 8 Central Street. You can check in anytime that day before your tour to receive your tickets. Then, meet your friendly and professional guide, who will show you and tell you about the incredible history of African Americans in our city. 

We will discuss several local African-American leaders. Some of whom came here as free men and others who escaped slavery and came North to be helped by a growing abolitionist movement. These folks paved the way for others. We will tell you what they achieved, show you where they lived and where they had businesses.

African-Americans were first enslaved in Massachusetts in 1623, Governor John Winthrop wrote the country's first slave law in 1634 and many more African-Americans arrived in Salem in 1638. After gaining freedom in 1781 due to a lawsuit by Elizabeth Freeman (aka Mumbet), an enslaved person, African-Americans made great strides in the community and major contributions to Salem society by influencing policy, establishing businesses and leading the abolitionist movement.