Calendar/ Upcoming Events

CALENDAR
The Museum hosts a robust series of discussions, readings, screenings, and workshops that highlight our exciting exhibitions and collections for a diverse community of learners. Visit often for updates.

Jul
20
Fri
Free African Dance Class @ National Black Doll Museum Of History & Culture
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come out on Friday July 20th for a  free workout full of fun & energy

Try  some new moves  with   Chefiatou  in this all age and skill level African Dance Class . 

Jul
21
Sat
Negro Election Day aka Salem Willows Black Festival @ Salem Willows Park
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Negro Election Day aka Salem Willows  Black Festival @ Salem Willows Park | Salem | Massachusetts | United States

Election Day was a holiday for slaves in the 18th century New England, and usually included an “election” of a governor. In Salem, the slaves held their election in one of the fields around town, and spent the day eating, dancing, singing, and meeting relatives from surrounding communities.

In 1741 a humble gathering of 26 slaves assembled for a daylong celebration on their day off on the Saugus River in Lynn for what was known as “Colored People’s Picnic”

In 1885, Negro Election Day was relocated to Salem Willows Park and because the word Negro was no longer acceptable, its name became “the “Colored People’s Picnic”. The tradition continued throughout the 18th century, and dovetailed with another celebration started by clergy.
By the 1920’s the “colored people’s picnic” became more of a “Sunday School picnic” sponsored by black churches from Lynn, Malden, Everett, Cambridge, and Boston on the third Sunday of July.
In the early 20th century, the “Colored People’s Picnic” had church choirs performing, and track and field events were held. Dances were held with wonderful jazz performers, such as Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.
During World War II, the picnic was switched to the third Saturday of July because Black American’s were working in factories and defense plants and weekends were the only option. Churches began to take a less active role after World War II.
The name the “Colored People’s Picnic” was changed in the 1968, due to the civil rights movement. Black Power was recognized and people refused to be called “Colored”, so the picnic was renamed the “Black Picnic”.
In 1990’s the Black Picnic brought larger crowds, corporate sponsors and much more.
In the 2000’s Black-Americans with roots from the North Shore and Boston still come from all over the United States to Salem Willows Park for an annual family-centric picnic on the third Saturday of July.

 

.To obtain a copy of Salem United/ Salem Willows History Brochure click here

 

 

Jul
27
Fri
African Dance Class @ Natonal Black Doll Museum
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Image result for african danceWe are proud to host SIMDACA Dance Academy  under the direction of  Chefiatou Tokou at the National Black Doll Museum. Classes are designed for people of al ages and skill levels.

Weekly on Fridays @ 7PM  workshops will help participants “generate energy and beauty through authentic African dance. in a fun encouraging learning environment.

Jul
28
Sat
Dolls & Divas: A Girls Night Out @ National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join Us  for Drinks & Doll making @ the National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

Unleash your creative spirit ,embrace the technique and take home your meme

This night include 1 complimentary glass of wine

Unlimited soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres , music, doll making workshop and lively discussion

Jul
30
Mon
13th Film Screening @ Orpheum Theater
Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

 

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;”   It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.   13th argues that, although slavery was ostensibly abolished in 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment legally embedded and allowed a pernicious form of enslavement in American institutions. This loophole has since been wielded as a devastating political tool in the form of mass incarceration and criminalization.

Watch the Film then join us for the discussion on  Tuesday August7th @ the National Black Doll Museum.

Call for transportation information

Aug
1
Wed
Wash & Set Wednesdays @ National Black Doll Museum
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wash & Set Wednesdays @ National Black Doll Museum | Mansfield | Massachusetts | United States

Ready….., Wash  ….Set!

Stop by and   Bring your doll in on  any Wednesday  in August for a Hair  Re-do/ Makeover..  Learn to wash, detangle,,set and  re-style your dolls hair .   General Admission / Members Free !

Aug
3
Fri
African Dance Class @ Natonal Black Doll Museum
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Image result for african danceWe are proud to host SIMDACA Dance Academy  under the direction of  Chefiatou Tokou at the National Black Doll Museum. Classes are designed for people of al ages and skill levels.

Weekly on Fridays @ 7PM  workshops will help participants “generate energy and beauty through authentic African dance. in a fun encouraging learning environment.

Aug
8
Wed
Wash & Set Wednesdays @ National Black Doll Museum
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wash & Set Wednesdays @ National Black Doll Museum | Mansfield | Massachusetts | United States

Ready….., Wash  ….Set!

Stop by and   Bring your doll in on  any Wednesday  in August for a Hair  Re-do/ Makeover..  Learn to wash, detangle,,set and  re-style your dolls hair .   General Admission / Members Free !

Aug
10
Fri
African Dance Class @ Natonal Black Doll Museum
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Image result for african danceWe are proud to host SIMDACA Dance Academy  under the direction of  Chefiatou Tokou at the National Black Doll Museum. Classes are designed for people of al ages and skill levels.

Weekly on Fridays @ 7PM  workshops will help participants “generate energy and beauty through authentic African dance. in a fun encouraging learning environment.