Black History

Children’s Museum Celebrates MLK Jr.

(1.15) The Providence Children’s Museum will present two performances of “MLK: Amazing Grace” on Martin Luther King Jr. day. The calendar lists two sessions: 9:30pm to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Award winning storytellers Rochel Coleman and Valerie Tutson bring history to life in this interactive play for kids celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and

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Black History Walking Tour

(7.22) Tickets are still available for ‘African Americans on College Hill’ a walking tour with historian Ray Rickman. The tour leaves from the Stages of Freedom Museum this Saturday morning. Explore Providence’s oldest neighborhood and the African Americans who lived there with Rhode Island’s foremost expert, Ray Rickman. Many left an indelible mark on not

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Stages Of Freedom — Museum And Bookshop

Just a reminder that Stages of Freedom, the state’s only African American Museum and Bookshop, is right downtown on lower Westminster Street by the river. And, as the sign in the window says, “All for a good cause.” That would be the Swim Empowerment program which provides free swim lessons for low-income BIPOC youth. But

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RI Black Heritage Society — Two Exhibits

Located on the RIC campus, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is dedicated to the preservation of artifacts — books, art, pamphlets, letters, images, and any other historical material — relating to the history of the Black community in Rhode Island, and the telling of the story of the descendants of the African Diaspora. There

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Elizabeth Smith — Trailblazing Black Educator

Erected in 1769, the Old Brick Schoolhouse made history in 1828 when it became a public school for pupils of color, known then as the Meeting Street Grammar School. And it was a Black woman, Elizabeth Howland Smith, nee Brown, whose rigorous educational standards as teacher and principal brought honor to both the school and

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Douglass Film At Congdon Baptist

(2.2) The Congdon Street Baptist Church will be hosting a screening of the PBS film Becoming Frederick Douglass: Discover how a man born into slavery became one the nation’s most influential leaders. Presented by Stages of Freedom in conjunction with Rhode Island PBS, the video screenings will be followed by a discussion: Lee Blake of

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‘Spirit Of Sports’ — Van Leesten Bridge

(9.18) Fans of the gargoyles and oracles they have consulted at WaterFire may not be aware of the wide range of figures that TEN31 Productions is capable of mounting. But nobody is going to ask a bowler to predict the future; you need a sibyl! For something different, head down to the river this Sunday

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Virtual Screening Followed By Q&A

(3.19) Saturday at 6pm, via Zoom, AS220 will be presenting the award-winning documentary Summer of Soul, with a special post-film Q&A session featuring Summer of Soul film editor Joshua L. Pearson. In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an

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Who Was ‘Gunboat’ Purnell

When I found this listing in the Stages of Freedom database, Rhode to Freedom, I was immediately intrigued: George “Gunboat” Purnell: 24 Clarendon Ave. 1865. Built by Washington Cole for workers at Cole Farm. Purnell, “the greatest negro character in the city,” lived here. I determined to discover more about this man, although, I should have

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Celebrity Club Documentary — Weekend

Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr., Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald — these are just a few of the musicians who played at Providence’s Celebrity Club. In honor of Black History Month the filmmakers behind the documentary “Do it, Man: The Story of the Celebrity

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Bannister Statue Proposed For Market Square

The Providence Art Club has launched a campaign to create a statue of the noted 19th-century landscape painter, and one of the Art Club’s original founders, Edward M. Bannister. Seen here is a mock-up, with a wax maquette, of a full-size sculpture by artist, Gage Prentiss in its anticipated location in Market Square. Prentiss speaks

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