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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.

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RISHM is inviting the public to celebrate Black History Month at a program honoring Black abolitionist and church founder Peter Quire on Sunday, February 25 at 3PM….
Colonial Newport comes alive by remembering the lives of enslaved and free Black Newporters….
RISHM is a statewide public awareness program committed to marking those historic sites connected to the history of slavery in Rhode Island….

“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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