‘Welcome To Snowtown’ — Virtual Event Thurs

This marker, located on lower Smith Street at the Roger Williams Memorial, commemorates the “Snowtown Riot 1831,” a project of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society. But would this “riot” be better described as a “racially motivated mob attack?” Learn what modern historians, archaeologists, and analysts have to say about this dark moment in Providence history in a free online event this Thursday.

Snowtown was a small, mixed-race neighborhood in mid-1800s Providence. It was the site of a racially motivated mob attack in the fall of 1831, but it was also home, first to poor Black and white laborers and later to waves of migrants, sailors, extra-legal entrepreneurs and widowed mothers. By the end of the 19th century, the Snowtown community had been displaced by railroad construction and urban development, including construction of the Rhode Island State House.

The Snowtown Project Research Team is working to recover the history of this diverse community. In this talk, they will discuss people, places and memories as well as the artifacts excavated at the Snowtown site. An audience Q&A will follow.

Speakers include Ted Coleman, Nkem Ike, Marco McWilliams, Joanne Pope Melish, Heather Olson, Traci Picard, Andrew Polta, and Sylvia Ann Soares. (Motif RI profiled actress, poet, historian, and educator Sylvia Soares last year.)

Go here to register for Welcome to Snowtown.

Free, 4:30pm to 6pm, Thursday, March11

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