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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…
Rhode Island Slave History Medallions (RISHM) invites the public to attend a free, family-friendly Juneteenth (Freedom Day) celebration on Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Eisenhower Park on historic…
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….
Rhode Island Slave History Medallions (RISHM) invites the public to attend a free, family-friendly celebration of our new national holiday, Juneteenth (Freedom Day) that will be held Saturday, June 15th…
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….
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history….
Community members and students gathered at Rogers High School for the 53rd annual Black History Month Assembly on Feb. 16….
The Senate today passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Linda Ujifusa to commemorate the contributions of the Black Revolutionary War soldiers of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment (also known as…
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….
Watch our video from Newport’s 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration….
RISHM presents the award-winning documentary film “Bonnie Blue: James Cotton’s Life in the Blues.”…
Thanks to a major grant from the RI Foundation, a new RISHM digital archive website is currently underway. Please bear with us this year as we transition to our new…
Trinity Church was founded in 1698 as a mission of the Church of England. Early parishioners included slave owners and traffickers, such as George Gibbs II, who is interred in…
In 1653 settler-colonists laid claim to “Sowams,” the ancestral home of the Pokanoket. Though the Pokanoket never relinquished their claim, settler-colonists soon occupied the land, including modern-day Barrington….
Historic New England’s Casey Farm is located on the ancestral homeland of the Narragansett people. By 1755, soon after this house was built, 19% of people in South County were…
Potowomut is known by the Narragansett as their sacred meeting and hunting grounds. Beginning In 1680, African and Indigenous people were enslaved by the Greene family to steward the land…
William Ellery Channing’s was impassioned public speaker who became known as the “Father of Unitarianism”….
On August 28th 2021, RISHM provided the community with a family-friendly gathering of BIPOC traditions and colonial history at Patriots Park in Portsmouth, sponsored in part by RISCA, BankNewport, the…
On June 21, at the DeWolf Tavern, DeWolf family descendants, Dain and Constance Perry screened the documentary “Traces of Trade, a film tracing their journey back to African with nine…
At Linden Place, We Acknowledging the Land of the Enslavers George and James DeWolf, Blessed by the Algonquin, Pokanoket Wampanoag tribes with historic documentation from Roger Williams University….
Over 100 enthusiastic fans attended the Medallion Installation Ceremony in Jamestown on May 22, 2021….
The Medallion at Patriots Park was featured on the evening news – “A new, innovative project is shining a light on the hidden history of Rhode Island.”…
View a video showing RISHM’s MLK Day of Service activities in 2021!…
This dedication featured remarks by RISHM director Charles Roberts, Smith’s Castle Vice-president and Education Committee chairperson Robert A. Geake and members of their education committee….
Documentation recognizing RISHM put forward by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea….
Rhode Island ruled the slave trade. For more than 75 years, merchants and investors bankrolled 1,000 voyages to Africa….
“Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.” John Lewis, July 17, 2020…
“Your Vote is Precious; Almost Sacred. It is the Most Powerful Nonviolent Tool we have to Create a More Perfect Union”, the late Congressman John Lewis. A True #AgentOfChange….
On July 23rd 2020, a RI Slave History Medallion was placed at the original historic buildings on Bowen’s Wharf formerly known as the Stevens Ship Chandlery (now the Sail Loft)…
Happy 4th of July from RISHM!…
In Memory of Mayor Paul Gaines – First Black Mayor of Newport, RI & First Black Mayor in New England. Mayor Paul L. Gaines (April 20,1932 – June 25, 2020),…
Everything you need to know about Juneteenth….
Rhode Island Slave History Medallions Juneteenth Tribute….
Read the Spring 2020 RISHM Newsletter, featuring an article about the Medallion Installation at Patriots Park….
A letter from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse congratulating Charles Roberts, Director of RISHM, for his work in educating the public about Rhode Island’s involvement in the slave trade….
Congressman Cicilline’s Commemoration November 2019 at Patriots Park, Portsmouth, RI….
The Rhode Island Slave History Medallions Project will install its first medallion plaque on Aug. 25 at Patriots Park in Portsmouth. Carved by Allison Newsome of Warren, and designed by…
Bells will ring across the United States on Aug. 25 to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival in Virginia of captive Africans who through their forced labor helped establish…
The Black Regiment, also known as the First Rhode Island Regiment, played a critical part in the Revolutionary War, engaging in significant battles at Fort Oswego, New York, Saratoga, New…
Though the practice ended two centuries ago, reminders of Rhode Island’s long involvement in the international slave trade remain. Some are hidden, some not….
The Rhode Island Slave History Medallion was displayed at the lecture held by the Newport Historical Society at the Colony House on Wednesday….
A letter from Congressmen David N. Cicilline to Charles Roberts, Director of RISHM….
Charles Roberts, Director of RISHM, discusses the difficult realities of driving while black in America….
Take a tour of Rhode Island’s historic locations through the Rhode Island Slave History Medallion project….
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