City of Salem’s Human Rights Coalition invites Community to Black History Month Event

Ode to Charlotte Forten & Other Black Salem Stories Community Event – Saturday, Feb. 24th @ 11am
Black History Month Flag Raising

The community is invited to attend a pilot programming initiative lead by the Salem Human Rights Coalition to elevate and spotlight Black stories from Salem’s past and present. The event will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 11:00am at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem MA, on the 1st Floor Colonnade among the installation of SPS student ‘idea boards’ and is free and open to all.  

With a special thanks to all of the participating students and teachers, Old Town Hall is now hosting a unique installation featuring ‘idea boards’ and other projects from a variety of Salem Public School classrooms on the theme of Charlotte Forten’s life and legacy. Along with this display will be a brief history of Charlotte Forten and her connections to Salem, an overview timeline of her life, a small family tree, images of what the finished sculpture will look like, and project updates. Open the Monday of February school vacation week, this event is free & open to the public. The public is invited to visit and view the exhibit at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem MA, from February 19th – 29th 2024, exhibit hours each week: Mon. Tues. & Wed. 10am - 4pm; Thur. 10am - 7pm.; Fri. 9am-12noon.; Sat. & Sun. 9am - 4pm.

The special event on February 24th will include live historical interpretations and presentations on the life and writings of Charlotte Forten Grimke and why her legacy matters to Salem to this day. Come learn a bit about Charlotte and other prominent Black stories in Salem’s history, hear updates on the City’s Charlotte Forten Memorial Project, and share in poetry, songs, comradery, and more!