Rocky Hill Country Day School

In 2018, students from the Class of 2026 worked together to answer the driving question, “If there were enslaved people at Potowomut in the past, how can we raise awareness and honor them by giving them a voice?” Working with several outside organizations including The Office of Secretary of State, Rhode Island State Archives, and Rhode Island Slave History (RISH), the “Junior Historians” went to work. After many months of researching, the students were able to verify that there was evidence of slavery on Potowomut.

Rocky Hill School Medallion Installation

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 until 1779. The property was then purchased by the Brown family, who owned it for over a century before it became the campus of Rocky Hill School.

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