Warren researchers confront town’s slave-owning history

May 17, 2017

Ted Hayes of the Warren Times-Gazette covers the May presentation by the Warren Preservation Society on their work with the Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, which uncovered evidence of nearly 100 enslaved people in Warren. The story is currently found at EastBayRi.com as a pdf of that week's entire issue. An image of the story (found on page 3) is included here.

 

 

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Christy Clark-Pujara: A History Of Rhode Island's Slave Economy

February 21, 2017

Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara (Department of African-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) talks to RI NPR's Chuck Hinman about her new book Dark Work: the Business of Slavery in Rhode Island. 

Contributed Image from Exhibit: "Eleanor Eldridge of Warwick in 1799 was ceelbrated as a 'competnet and fully accomplished weaver' of ornamental cloth at the age of 15."

Contributed Image from Exhibit: "Eleanor Eldridge of Warwick in 1799 was ceelbrated as a 'competnet and fully accomplished weaver' of ornamental cloth at the age of 15."

'Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth' A new University of Rhode Island gallery exhibit explores the history of slavery in Rhode Island

February 9, 2017

The Independent's Helena Touhey covers the University of Rhode Island exhibit "Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth: Rhode Island and Slavery, 1783-1850s,” which explores the state’s history with slavery, and not shying away from any truths. It combines art and historical facts to illustrate the role slavery played in the state’s economic success. 

We were not innocent URI exhibit, lectures at Brown, URI examines R.I.’s role in North American slave trade

January 25, 2017

Dave Lavallee of Progressive Charlestown covers the University of Rhode Island exhibit "Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth: Rhode Island and Slavery, 1783-1850s" and its related events.

Researchers uncover Warren's slavery ties

August 31, 2016

Ted Hayes of the Warren Times-Gazette covers the September 2016 presentation hosted by the Warren Preservation Society, “Warren: 19 Years in the Slave Trade”

Marco McWilliams - RI Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project

July 2, 2016

Community activist Marco McWilliams talks about the Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, and the effort to recognize Rhode Island's slave trading past. 

Listen to his interview with WPRO in the audio link below.

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Providence Slavery Markers Committee Looking for Public Input

June 27, 2016

"A national push to memorialize enslaved Africans who passed through America's slave-trading ports is underway in Rhode Island. Monday night the local committee involved in this effort convened a meeting to get public participation in the design and placement of a memorial in Providence.

Valerie Tutson, an organizer with the Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, said local residents should weigh in. 

'We want to let them know what the areas of involvement are," Tutson said. "Some people might be interested in design. Some people might be interested in where the marker should go.'"

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Memorializing the Enslaved in Rhode Island: the Middle Passage Port Markers Project

April 6, 2016

"Last month, the Providence City Council passed a resolution declaring support for the Rhode Island Middle Passage Project. This is the local chapter of a nationwide effort now underway to install historic markers memorializing the lives of Africans who were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. Rhode Island has four sites identified as places for such markers. On Thursday afternoon, April 7, the statewide committee coordinating this effort meets to plan the next steps.

Professor Emily Kugler joined RIPR's Chuck Hinman in the studio to talk about the effort. She serves on the Advisory Board of the national organization, the Middle Passage  Ceremonies and Port Markers Project. She’s also an assistant professor of English at Howard University in Washington, DC."

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Providence City Council Endorses Slavery Marker Project

March 4, 2016

"The Providence City Council has passed a resolution in support of an effort to memorialize the city’s role in the slave trade. 

As part of a national initiative known as the "Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project,"organizers are working to place historical markers in places involved in the slave trade.

In Rhode Island, the group hopes to call attention to the importance of ports like Providence, where ships launched and fortunes were made in the traffic of human beings."

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City Council Unanimously Supports Campaign to Memorialize Enslaved Africans

March 4, 2016

"The Providence City Council passed a resolution on Thursday formalizing support for the Rhode Island Middle Passage Project, the local chapter of a national effortto install historic markers memorializing the lives of enslaved Africans. The Rhode Island Middle Passage Project committee was recently formed and is working to create awareness of Rhode Island’s role in transatlantic human trade. The resolution was sponsored by Councilman Wilbur Jennings and co-sponsored by Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris and Councilman Seth Yurdin."

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Project Aims to Mark Dozens of American Slave Trade Ports

February 1, 2016

"PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A project aimed at memorializing America’s slave-trade ports is moving to Rhode Island, where some 1,000 slave-trading voyages were launched. It’s also helped encourage a dialogue about commemorating the slave trade here in Charleston.

The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project has been working to place markers at 40 ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts where slaves arrived or where ships were sent to be used in the trade. The Middle Passage refers to the forced migration across the Atlantic Ocean of more than 10 million Africans, many of whom died on the way."

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Campaign Under Way to Remember Slave-Trade Past in Rhode Island

January 29, 2016

"PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A project aimed at memorializing America's slave-trade ports is moving to Rhode Island, where some 1,000 slave-trading voyages were launched.

The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project has been working to place markers at 40 ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts where slaves arrived or where ships were sent to be used in the trade. The Middle Passage refers to the forced migration across the Atlantic Ocean of more than 10 million Africans, many of whom died on the way."