The Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project promotes the recognition of the state’s history as a major actor in the transatlantic human trade, as the home of multiple ports receiving enslaved people who survived the Middle Passage, as well as the vital role that Africans and their descendants played in the development of both Rhode Island and the Americas.
To accomplish this goal, community members at the state and local level are working to increase public awareness, hold remembrance ceremonies, and install public markers telling this history.
These efforts are part of a larger effort by the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP), an international, grassroots organization dedicated to commemorating the more than 2 million people who perished in the Middle Passage of the transatlantic human trade and the 10 million who survived. Partnering with historical and cultural societies, academic institutions, churches, visitor and tourist bureaus, and community organizations, the MPCPMP’s aim is to research, identify, and facilitate remembrance ceremonies at all ports of captive Africans’ entry during the 350 years of the transatlantic human trade in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
For more on the MPCPMP and their work so far in Rhode Island, see the Background section of this site.
Highlights from the Boston MPCPMP Remembrance Ceremony (August 23, 2015) can be seen here.