PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On a recent Sunday, in a back pew at St. James Baptist Church in Woonsocket, four women gathered to tell WRNI's Catherine Welch about this history of their church. The church was established by black workers who migrated to Woonsocket from South Carolina in the 30's, 40's and 50's.
The conversation moved to race. And through their stories of growing up and raising families these women tell a very personal history of race relations in Woonsocket in the last 50 years.
PROVIDENCE, RI – All this week WRNI is reporting on Woonsocket. One of the city's best-known elected officials is state Representative Jon Brien, a conservative Democrat. Brien's family has long roots in Woonsocket.
WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis recently joined Brien for a drive around Woonsocket. Listen to more stories and interviews in our series, One Square Mile: Woonsocket
PROVIDENCE, RI – Back in the late 1930's, early 40's, during the Great Migration, black families started moving from rural South Carolina to Woonsocket for jobs in the mills and factories.
Dorothy Chaplin was a little girl when her family moved from Newberry, South Carolina to Woonsocket. Her family, like others, came for the jobs. The men found work at places like clothing manufacturer Jacob Finkelsteins and Sons, the women worked in wealthy homes.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is putting the brakes on Rhode Island's medical marijuana dispensaries.
Following a letter from U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha warning that the so called compassion centers violate federal law, Chafee is halting any efforts to license the dispensaries. Spokesman Michael Trainor says Chafee wants to talk with governors who received similar letters about what to do.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Both Senator Reed and Congressman Langevin watched as President Barack Obama announced that US Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden. The two serve on Armed Forces committees. And Reed credits the intelligence community for the successful military operation.
"It is an extraordinary achievement," says Reed. "This represents the kinda of very careful but very deliberate long term effort that's necessary"
PROVIDENCE, RI – If you can't afford to see a private doctor in Woonsocket, you probably go to Thundermist Health Center.
Residents can use Medicaid or pay on a sliding scale for everything from check-ups to pre-natal care.
As part of our One Square Mile: Woonsocket, WRNI's Megan Hall sat down with Chuck Jones, the executive director of Thundermist's Woonsocket Health Center to learn more about the needs of the community.