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Walking Tour: Slavery & Freedom in Salem

Friday, September 22, 2023

Walking Tour: Slavery & Freedom in Salem

Date & Time

Friday, September 22, 2023

Time Slot(s):

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm


Salem is a city deeply tied to its history. But whose history is told and whose is forgotten?

Join us to explore historic Salem through the stories of Sabe and Rose – two enslaved and later free people connected to the Derby family of Salem.

Sabe and Rose lived, labored, loved, and resisted oppression in Salem at the turn of the 19th century. Their stories help us understand the experiences of the first generation of people transitioning from enslaved to free in Massachusetts.

This walking tour uses historic records to trace their lives across different locations in downtown Salem.

Details: This tour takes place outdoors, and travels approximately ¾ of a mile, occasionally over uneven surfaces.

Related Event

Join historians and park rangers for a panel discussion to learn about work underway to uncover the local history of slavery, including the most recently discovered evidence of Sabe and Rose. See 9/21 event “Investigating Slavery & Freedom in Essex County” or visit our online calendar for details.


Salem Maritime National Historic Site




Waite & Peirce, 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970

Waite & Peirce, 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970



Dog Friendly

Restrooms Available

Event Category

  • Historic House
  • History
  • Maritime
  • Walking Tour

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