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Check out these highlights from RISHM's Juneteenth 2023 Celebration that was held on Sunday & Monday, June 18 & 19, in historic Washington Square, Newport.

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Celebration of a new Medallion Installation at Newport’s historic Trinity Church, along with acknowledgment of the church’s role in RI slavery.

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This video features comments from RISHM's founder Charles Roberts, Former U.S. Rep. from RI David Cicilline, RI Gov. Dan McKee, and a performance by Mixed Magic Theatre's Exult Choir.

Walking Tours

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Slave History Archive
Educational Programs
RI Medallion Map
Queen Anne Square, Newport
The voices of tradesmen and women, ropemakers, masons, and carpenters inform a new tour and exhibit, illuminating the history of early Black Americans and its ongoing impact in Rhode Island….
RISHM’s Newport Black History Walking Tour was featured in the Boston Globe! Follow the link on this page to read the full article….
The second annual Newport Juneteenth celebration promises to be bigger and better than the year before, possibly serving as a test run for other large celebrations that could come to…

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

– Michael Jordan

As we pause to reflect on this past year and all the many ways RISHM has been able to grow through your support, we wanted to take a moment to express our most sincere thanks. The important work RISHM does around commemorating the lives of the enslaved as well as open dialogues for racial understanding and healing would not be possible without you. Help us continue our work in 2024 & beyond. – Charles & the RISHM Team


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