Image     page map: Courtesy of  National Geographic Society

 Image page map: Courtesy of National Geographic Society

The Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (RI MPCPMP) 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.

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Recent Events

Walking Tour: College Hill & the International Slave Trade (Providence)

Organized by the Center for Reconciliation (CFRRI), this 2 hour, 1-mile walk will explore 200 years of history and lead you inside 4 local historic sites. Meet at the intersection of Brown and Power Street in Providence (by the John Brown House). Tickets are $20 per person, with a discou

Gallery Night Exhibition: The Art of Race (Providence)

A temporary exhibition and dialogue hosted by the Center for Reconciliation (CFRRI) & the RISD Museum for Providence Gallery Night. Join Center for Reconciliation Program Director and Curator, Elon Cook, and RISD Museum Chief Curator of Prints, Drawings, & Photographs, Jan Howard, f

Finding Phebe: Uncovering the History of Slavery in Warren, Rhode Island

In colonial Warren, at least 98 men, women, and children were enslaved. They labored on farms large and small, in commercial business and within private homes, Using wills, inventories, government records, newspapers, and published works, the Warren Middle Passage Project team has researched

State Meeting of Rhode Island MPCPMP (New Date!)

State Meeting for the RI Port Sites:d Friday, June 23, 3:00pm-4:30pm at the Rogers Free Library in Bristol.

Commencement Forum: Rhode Island Middle Passage and Ceremonies Port Markers Project (Providence, RI)

This Event is Free and Open to the PublicCenter for the Study of Slavery and Justice Brown University Commencement Activities Convened through the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, the Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies Port Marker Project (RI MPCPMP), seeks to acknowledge