Black heritage group looks to reopen

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is reorganizing in the hopes of one day reopening its doors to the public.

Since its previous home in the Arcade on Weybosset St. closed in 2008, the society has been in limbo. Current President Charles Newton says that despite the two year battle, he is hopeful that they are making real progress toward reopening.

"Having to close the museum and not to allow general public access to the archives, to the records, to the history, has been a tremendous blow to the society," he says. "But, be that as it may, sometimes good things come out of bad circumstances; I'll just put it that way."

The Black Heritage Society is currently seeking new members, and to one day reopen in a new, permanent location, but Newton says that it's unclear when that will be.

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