WHY SALEM UNITED, INC EXISTS

THE EVOLUTION OF THE FIRST BLACK VOTING SYSTEM

Negro Election Day 

 

18th Century
Slaves throughout Massachusetts established a Black voting system and practiced black self-governing.  They held meetings and elections.  With their African Royalty backgrounds, they acted as mediator and liaison between slaves and white owners of slaves and political leadership.  There were many other Locations in Massachusetts which also held Negro Election Day event’s, but they were all the same Holiday.  King Pompey lived in Lynn MA and later purchased the land on the side of the Saugus Rive holding Negro Election Day until his death

 

1800’s
With Slaves becoming Free Black people, Negro Election Day was relocated to Salem Willows Park.  It began a name change Such as Maids Picnic and labeled Emancipation Day.  Salem Willows Park maintained the Negro Election Day, changed the month it was being held to warmer weather and maintained its civic presence.  It held Black Conventions as they were called.  Blacks used bags to come over and the church took an active role in the day.

 

Early 20th Century
Negro Election Day’s celebration now being called The Colored People’s Picnic.   Blacks continued to travel to Salem Willows holding community track and field, family gatherings and community and civic leaders met and church choirs.  That night the community held Dances with great jazz performers such as Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.

 

World War II
Negro Election Day now hosted by the Churches, changing its name to the Church Picnic.

 

Still in Salem Willows Park it was changed from Saturday to the 3rds Saturday in July.  This change was to accommodate factory and defense plant workers.  It maintained it family status never losing the importance of black self-governing.

Civil Rights Movement
In 1968, during the Civil Rights Movement, the name was changed to Black Picnic from the strength of self-identity by The Black Power movement.  The celebration was a day where black families can reflect and show pride in who they are as family and people.

20th Century
Negro Election Day took on a different meaning and became a bit more Corporate.  It slowed down in attendance, but its celebration continued annually

21st Century.    
Negro Election Day was given a rebirth when preserved by Salem United, Inc.  It was placed in the National Historical Registry and is in the final stages of its status as a State Holiday.  It has resumed its Original name and its historical significance.  Today Negro Election Day is used for Voting Rights, Registration, Census and more.

2022 NEGRO ELECTION DAY  ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

281th Year

After 6 years of a struggle to Preserve, Protect and Build this wonderful history and with todays climate we want to bring positive images to our Black and Commmunites of Color.  It just takes believing in the of what we are doing and wanting to make a contribution if only in joining our celebration.
      Salem United is reaching out to encourage every­one from Businesses to grassroots Organizations to work together as one.
       The Board came together for our mission and now we are steppping out to join individuals, organizations and companies. 
        Many communities have positive images, Salem United wants to bring those same positive images agross Massachsuetts to Salem Willows Park in Salem MA where we can show our contributions in America.   

       

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NEGRO ELECTION  DAY PARADE 2022

SALEM HISTORIC  DISTRICT SALEM WILLOWS PARK, SALEM, MA USA

Salem United 2022 theme:  TBA

Parade Set-Up Time @ 11:00-11:50 am Parade Start Time @ 12:00 noon. 

We will be posting applications for people to nominate for King and Queen of Negro Election Day.  We will bring you the day bigger and better than in the past as we have begun to realize how important our voice and our vote is.  We have a lot of work to do as we will have elections in 2022 and 2024.  Lets get educated and ready!

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GRAND MARSHALL

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SALEM UNITED QUEEN

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Contact Salem United To Nominate A Woman To be Queen

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SALEM UNITED KING/BLACK GOVERNOR

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Contact Salem United To Nominate A Woman To be Queen

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EVENT ADDITION

Black American Heritage Flag Raising

The Black American Heritage flag was designed in 1967 by Melvin Charles and Gleason T. Jackson. According to the designers, "...the elements of the flag include the color black to represent pride and pigmentation and race; red, to remind us of the rich blood black men have shed for freedom, equality, justice and human dignity throughout the world; and gold, to represent intellect, prosperity, and peace. These colors are woven into a composition that juxtaposes the red and black in a set of three stripes: one black stripe centered between two red."
"Superimposed on the black stripe is a golden wreath of fig leaves. The cultivated fig is a native of Africa, and ranks as one of the most ancient of life-sustaining fruits. Centered within the golden wreath is a blunted Moorish boarding sword, symbol of leadership carried by the great Moorish leaders of the 8th century. The sword represents the strength and authority exhibited by a black culture that made many contributions to the world in mathematics, art, medicine, and physical science, heralding the contributions that black Americans would make in these and other fields."

2022 will bring this added event.  We will show our flag with pride and explain what the flag means.  We are using this day as a day of pride a day of education and a day of working toward self-governing for our community and many other communities of color.  We are not Minority Communities we are pride communities of Color.  

In 2022 we will be working on 2 flag raisings.

1.  Friday in Lynn Mass with our biggest supporter, Mayor Thomas McGee

2.  Saturday in Salem MA during the event.  


VENDORS

Promote yourself to the community

We would love to have dedicated Vendors

FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBOR GATHERING

Save The Date:  July 16, 2022

Families come out from all over Massachusetts and join in on this days celebration.   Bring your grills and come cook out with us while enjoying the days festivities.

ENTERTAINMENT

Live Music And More

We look forward to the return of our dedicated great live band performers.  Please return for our list for 2022

Keep Checking for our full 2022 Schedule  

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Acknowledge And Recognize Your Community

Salem United believes honoring those who work in the community is a big part of the days celebration.  A lot has changed since 1741 but a lot still need to be done in the struggle for equality, justice, disparity and more.  Without those in the community doing the work those changes would not be accomplished. 

 

So we say thank you and continue to honor - today, tomorrow and in the future.

Let us know who has worked for the best of our community and help us celebrate them in 2022

NEGRO ELECTION DAY 2021 T-SHIRTS

Coming Soon!

Salem United, Inc T -Shirts will be available soon. 

SPEAKERS

Let Your Voice Be Heard In the Community

Part of our work is to disseminate information into the community.  We can't do that without your hlep.  So speakers are a very important part of our celebration.  You are the experts and we want you to share by speaking to our crowds of few and of many.

VOTE VOTE VOTE - REGISTER AND VOTE

Vote Now - They Died For Our Voices To Be Heard

Negro Election Day - That was the first evidence of the first Black Voting System.  Voting is the celebration of its origin.  We have voter registration so you can be ready for 2020.  Register today.  Contact join us, its easy.

2022 NEGRO ELECTION DAY FUTURE SCHEDULE 

Timeline

8:00 Park Opens

THEME:  TBA

 

Vendor Area: 10:00 – 10:30 a.m..
Vendors           5:30 p.m. Break Down

       Kids Corner
       Bouncy House – set up 10:00 a.m.

    Sports Area

   Basketball games, we will be working with future request

*Note:  Almost all Vendors are Community Based and will cater to uplifting, educating and empowering the low and minority communities
 

Parade Area:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 Parade Participants
                               Meet and Greet   

 

12:00 - 1:30 Black Picnic Day formerly Negro Election Day Parade

*Note:  Parade Begins:  Derby Street, National Parks Site, turns on to Memorial Drive
  Parade Ends:  Restaurant Avenue and Bay View Avenue

 

1:30 - 2:00 Black American Heritage Flag Raising Ceremony
                 

Awards and Recognition Ceremony

*List of participates

1. National Parks Service
2.  Young man at Root

 

Entertainment
Main Stage: Opens at 9:00 a.m.
        Ends 7:00 p.m

Live Entertainment and Performances throughout the day

 

Throughout Park  8:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m.

Family unity – grilling, give-aways- family fun

Salem United - Negro Election Day 

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