Landmark Exhibit on Rhode Island Slavery to Tour State
February 9, 2009, Providence – “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 According to Ray Rickman, the project’s director, authentic historical documents will trace the beginning of slavery in Rhode Island to its end, and give people a rare glimpse into the politics and pervasiveness of slavery.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.
The exhibit opens on February 26, 6PM at the Providence Public Library with a reception and lecture by Richard Ring, director of Special Collections at the Providence Public Library. The exhibit runs through March 29 and is open during regular library hours.