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Community Voices: History in Balance Series (Zoom) | History of the Rhode Island Slave Medallions

In recognition of Black History Month, please join us for a discussion on the history and current efforts of the Rhode Island Slave Medallions organization.

Registration is required. Please register by Tuesday, February 9th. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

"The Mission of the Rhode Island Slave History Medallions organization is to increase public awareness of the state’s slave history by engaging in research, education, and informational activities and by marking pertinent locations with medallions linked to a dynamic, informative website, telling the stories of enslaved African and Indigenous people, their contributions, and their impact on our lives today."

RISHM Medallions are installed at these locations: 
Patriot’s Park, Portsmouth
Smith’s Castle, N.Kingstown
Bowen’s Wharf, Newport
East Ferry Wharf, Jamestown
2021 Medallions to be installed at:
Linden Place, Bristol
DeWolf Tavern, Bristol
Trinity Church, Newport

 About the presenter:

Charles Roberts attended the School of Visual Arts and graduated with a BFA in 1991. He taught art at the Chad Science Academy in Newark, NJ, before returning to Newport, RI. He attended night school at the Rhode Island School of Design and became a graphic artist.

Currently, he is the Executive Director of Rhode Island Slave History Medallions, a nonprofit placed-based education program. The program is committed to telling the stories of enslaved African and Indigenous Native American people of color. RISHM places medallions at historic locations in Rhode Island once used to enhance its economic development through the free labor provided by slaves.

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