African American history exhibit opens in Providence

Jan 21, 2013

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(PROVIDENCE, RI) The University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus opens a new art exhibit today that explores African American history in Rhode Island from colonial times through the present.

The exhibit, called “Rhode Island’s African American Community,” is free and open to the public through February, launching just in time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month in February. Steven Pennell curated the show, which he says is organized around a historic walking tour of significant events for African Americans in Rhode Island.

“So you can actually walk through the freedom trail through the exhibit and then sort of step off the trail and look at the pieces in the rest of the collection which are set up chronologically," says Pennell.

Pennell says the exhibit features documents and artifacts, as well as photos he’s taken of each of the freedom trail sites. The works are on loan from a variety of collections, including from the Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit and the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.

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