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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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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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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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Soldiers And Sailors Monument

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Providence memorializes the 1,727 Rhode Islanders who lost their lives in the Civil War. This includes the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored); a plaque added later also acknowledges the famous 1st Rhode Island Regiment who gained their freedom by fighting against the British during the Revolution. Surrounding

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Celebration Of Black History At City Hall

(2.12) The Providence Archives and the Providence City Council invite the public to the opening of a new exhibit with a celebration of black history. This year’s exhibit will include a new interactive experience: Tell Your History. (Facebook event.) “ Pillars on Race: The Story of Race in Providence From 1935 to Today” which takes

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This Street Is History

The one-block street formerly known as Magee is now officially called Bannister Street, renamed to honor the 19th-century African-American couple, artist Edward Bannister and entrepreneur Christiana Bannister who made Providence their home. William Fairchild Magee was a slave trader and opium merchant. Following the dedication ceremony last October, the representative from the Department of Public

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America’s First Black Diva — Sissieretta Jones At 150

A series of free events are planned for this weekend to celebrate world-renowned singer, Sissieretta Jones, culminating in the placing of a headstone at her previously unmarked grave. The exhibit “Sissieretta Jones: the Greatest Singer of Her Race” opens tonight at Stages of Freedom, the museum/gift shop co-founded by historian, and former Democratic state representative,

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The Black Church In RI At ‘Stages Of Freedom’

A new exhibit “Do Lord Remember Me — The Black Church in Rhode Island” is up at Stages of Freedom, the non-profit museum and shop right across from the Turk’s Head on Westminster. The exhibit, chronicling 300 years of the state’s black religious history through images and text, is the result of over two years

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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

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Christiana Carteaux Bannister

Doing business at the state house often involves standing around and waiting. Fortunately one is surrounded by interesting statuary like this arresting bust outside the senate chamber. The last name caught my attention. Abolitionist, entrepreneur, and patron of the arts, Christiana Bannister was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 2003. She

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Documentary on Shirley Chisholm, first African-American woman in Congress, to screen tonight

This evening Brown’s Department of Africana Studies continues its post-election week run of free public events with contemporary Black intellectuals and artists. Shola Lynch, a young filmmaker who in 2004 completed a documentary on the legendary Shirley Chisholm, will be joined by Ray Watson of the Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association and renowned professor of Africana

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