2009-02-26 / News

Slavery exhibit visits Jamestown in March

"Hidden from History: Slavery in Rhode Island from its Inception to Its End," a landmark exhibit depicting slavery in Rhode Island, will tour the state starting in late February.

According to Ray Rickman, the project's director, authentic historical documents will trace the beginning of slavery in Rhode Island to its end, and give people a rare glimpse into the politics and pervasiveness of slavery. The artifacts will include the earliest known document in Rhode Island, 1652, to the recognition of the last known slave in the state, 1863. Documents will be drawn from the State Archives, Brown University, Rhode Island Historical Society, the Providence Public Library and private collections, and will include runaway slave posters, newspaper advertisements for slave auctions, slave narratives, abolition pamphlets, indenture documents, bills of sale, state laws, and manumission papers.

Jamestown is one of four sites to which the exhibit will tour. The opening of the exhibit, with a reception and lecture by Rick Ring, will take place at the Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain up through March 22.

The event is free and open to the public. This project is made possible through major support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and presented by Ocean State Learning.

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