Celebrating 277 Years of Black History!
Salem United wants you to understand that our historical name is Negro Election Day. It was changed to Salem Willows Black Picnic in the 80's. However do to the historical nature of the word "Picnic" only in a historical capacity will we use the word. It will be called "Festival"
Thank you and I hope that all will support this event dating back to 1700's.
Salem United fosters maturity in economics, politics, culture, sports, arts and academics; through its diverse communities, encouraging everyone to work together as one. Salem United Board came together, to maintain the historic importance of the Negro Election Day aka Salem Willows Black Picnic and join individuals, organizations and companies in bettering our communities.
Negro Election Day aka Salem Willows Black Picnic served as an annual family event dating back to 1741 in the City of Salem. Its activities began with a parade, governor election, amusement rides, sports tournaments and more.
Salem United's goal for Negro Election Day is to continue a commitment to the historical significance of a Black Festival for all ages, with an emphasis on maintaining family values, empowerment, uplifting and education.
We are a 501c3 Organization
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”.
mission & vision
We are devoting time and energy necessary to educate, uplift and inform the Massachusetts Ethnic Community while preserving and protecting its Black History.
Salem United is a non-profit organization which was formulated on June 17, 2016 and began upon Salem Willows Black Picnic's inception into the National Historical Society, dated July 5, 2016 by overseer, Doreen Wade.
Salem United began its implementation with Doreen Wade and Su Almeida who came together, to maintain the historic importance of the Negro Election Day aka Salem Willows Black Picnic.
Today, Negro Election Day aka Salem Willows Black Festival is a family event held annually at Salem Willows Park because of its historical significance in the 276 year legacy of the Salem Willows Black Picnic in the City of Salem. Its activities which have ranged from church choirs, amusement rides, food, basketball tournaments and more which Salem United will preserve and restore to its origin.
Salem United goal for the Black Festival is to continue a commitment to the historical significance of the Black Picnic for all ages, with an emphasis on maintaining family values.