Providence City Council Endorses Slavery Marker Project

Mar 4, 2016

The Providence City Council has passed a resolution in support of an effort to memorialize the city’s role in the slave trade. 

As part of a national initiative known as the "Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project,"organizers are working to place historical markers in places involved in the slave trade.

In Rhode Island, the group hopes to call attention to the importance of ports like Providence, where ships launched and fortunes were made in the traffic of human beings.

The Providence City Council this week passed a resolution backing the effort, which seeks to honor the millions of Africans who perished during the transatlantic voyage, and the millions more who survived to work as slave laborers in America and elsewhere.

The Middle Passage project is organizing similar efforts to place slavery markers and encourage remembrance ceremonies in cities up and down the east coast, including Bristol and Newport.