Cathedral To Be Slave Trade Museum

(4.16) First an update on this formerly endangered property from the Providence Preservation Society (PPS).

The iconic 1810 Cathedral of St. John, designed by Providence Architect John Holden Greene, was included on the PPS Most Endangered Properties List for seven years due to increasing maintenance costs associated with the building. In late 2014, the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island announced a plan to expand the Cathedral’s offerings with the creation of the nation’s first museum to the transatlantic slave trade and Center for Reconciliation.

Join the PPS for the presentation, ‘Rhode Island’s Slave Trade History,’ and learn about Rhode Island’s role in the slave trade from featured speaker, Tony Bogues of Brown’s Center for Slavery and Justice. Learn about developing plans to open the Center for Reconciliation from Bishop Nicholas Knisely. A panel discussion moderated by PPS’s Brent Runyon will also include Ray Rickman of the Black Heritage Society, and James DeWolf Perry of The Tracing Center.

Free for PPS members/$10 for non-members (proceeds go to the cathedral).

6pm, Thursday, April 16, St. John’s Cathedral, 271 North Main Street, (directions)

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