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Black History Month Community Celebration & Flag Raising

February 3 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The Salem Human Rights Coalition invites you to be a part of a Black History Month Community Celebration & Flag Raising. Hot chocolate and a big helping of community pride will be served!

Artist Ai Qui Hopen of Humanity Memorial will on site, seeking feedback from the community on her Charlotte Forten Memorial design. The community is invited to connect with the artist to provide feedback on details for the commissioned Charlotte Forten Memorial sculpture such as Charlotte’s expression and likeness, which of her writings to include, and where they should adorn the statue.

An engaging speaking program led by the City of Salem Human Rights Coalition and including a variety of Salem residents and local Black-centered organizational leaders will formally kick off Black History Month in Salem.

Following the speaking portion of the event, guests will be invited to join the City of Salem Human Rights Coalition outdoors in Riley Plaza for a formal Flag Raising.  (Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly in anticipation of chilly outdoor temperatures.)

Come celebrate and honor Black History in Salem, stay for the hot chocolate and community!


February 3
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm