Take a Self-Guided Audio Tour and Learn about Salem’s African American History

A brand new, self-guided audio tour focusing on Salem’s African American history is now available for download on your mobile device. Sponsored by the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice, the tour makes up one achievement of Salem’s taskforce for confronting racism, who support initiatives towards making the narratives of remarkable African Americans from Salem’s history more accessible to both visitors and locals.

The tour features 24 stops based on the legacies of African Americans throughout history from Tituba during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 to the present day with contemporary author Stephen Hemingway. The stops along the tour may be completed in any order and in any amount of time. To access the tour, download the UniGuide smartphone app (it’s free!) and select “Salem’s Black Heritage.” UniGuide provides users with a way to access self-guided tours for free. Consider keeping the app after you finish your tour, as additional Salem materials, as well as over 100 tours from around the country, are also available using the app.

The Salem’s Black Heritage Audio Tour made its debut during this year’s first Trails & Sails Weekend. Trails & Sails, hosted by Essex National Heritage, connects North Shore visitors and residents with over 150 free events celebrating local culture. To learn more about Salem’s African American history during Trails & Sails, take the Remond Family, Salem’s Early Abolitionists Walking Tour. Also sponsored by the Salem Award Foundation, this 90-minute walking tour discusses the lives of the Remond family members and how they became central in Salem’s abolitionist movement. Visit EssexHeritage.org/TS to learn more about both the Salem’s Black Heritage Audio Tour and the Remond Family Walking Tour along with events during Trails & Sails.