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Salem celebrates first official ‘Negro Election Day’
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Salem celebrates first official ‘Negro Election Day’
The Massachusetts Legislature passed a law last year declaring the third Saturday of July “Negro Election Day.” Last Saturday, about 5,000 people gathered in Salem to celebrate with a parade from Shetland Park to Salem Willows Park and speeches, vendors, music, entertainment and food.
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Discovery of 1810 Salem census illuminates local Black history
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Discovery of 1810 Salem census illuminates local Black history
While preparing an Instagram post for the PEMLibrary account, Meaghan Wright and Hannah Swan discovered an 1810 census of Salem, Massachusetts in a selection of un-catalogued records. That census has developed into a treasure trove of information about the historical Black population of the city.
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