The project’s focus is identifying and marking sites across Rhode Island that have a connection to slavery.
NEWPORT – Joanne Pope Melish will give a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Colony House about the Rhode Island Slave History Medallions Project.
The project’s focus is identifying and marking sites across Rhode Island that have a “historical connection to the enslavement of indigenous people and Africans, either by their involvement in the slave trade and the economy of slavery, or by their association with the lives and labor of enslaved people themselves,” according to the Newport Historical Society. The event is free; RSVP at newporthistory.org/event.
The Bristol County Fifes and Drums will perform in front of the Colony House at 5 p.m. Its performance dovetails with the International Day of Drumming and Healing organized by the 400 Years of African-American History Commission established by Congress.
Charles Roberts, the project’s chairman, will unveil the medallion during the lecture. The first medallion installation is scheduled for Aug. 25 at Patriots Park in Portsmouth.