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Rhode Islandís Slave Trade History

Thursday, 04/16/2015 – 6:00 PM


(Presentation and Discussion by the Providence Preservation Society and the Center for Reconciliation)
271 North Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island
Thursday April 16th @6pm
Cost: $10; Free for PPS Members

As one of the three corners of the "triangle trade," the economy of Rhode Island depended upon the slave trade for over 100 years. Under the leadership of Bishop Nicholas Knisely, the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island is delving into this history by studying their own relationship to Rhode Island's involvement in the slave trade. According to the Diocese, their further plans include creation of the nation's first museum to the transatlantic slave trade and Center for Reconciliation within the Cathedral of St. John.

Following 200 years of worship and service to the community, the Cathedral of St. John suspended services because of insufficient financial support. The church building, on PPS's Most Endangered Properties List for seven straight years since 2007, was finally removed in 2015 as we learned more about this ambitious plan.

Join us in learning about Rhode Island's role in the slave trade from featured speaker, Tony Bogues of Brown's Center for Slavery and Justice. Learn about developing plans to open the Center for Reconciliation from Bishop Nicholas Knisely. A panel discussion moderated by PPS's Brent Runyon will also include Ray Rickman of the Black Heritage Society, and James DeWolf Perry of The Tracing Center.


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