The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state's oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island's past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.
Join the RIHS and the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society on Wednesday, January 24, at 1pm for a free member-exclusive tour of the exhibit, A Matter of Truth, currently on display in the State House. The tour will be led by historian and Vice President of the 1696 Heritage Group, Keith Stokes.
This exhibit documents 400 years of racial discrimination in Rhode Island, directly evolving from the displacement of Indigenous peoples from their historic lands, and the enslavement of African heritage peoples. The legacy is patterns that contribute to the continued marginalization of African heritage and Indigenous peoples in housing, employment, and education in Rhode Island.
Date & Time
Wed, Jan 24, 2024 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM