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RI Kicks-Off Black History Month With Exhibit

Feb 7, 2017

Sec. of State Nellie Gorbea and Gov. Gina Raimondo kicked-off the Ocean State’s celebration of Black History Month Monday afternoon. The state leaders hosted the opening of the exhibit Bullets and Bulletins: African American Activism in Civil War Era Rhode Island at the State Archives.

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For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, we take a visit to the State Archives in downtown Providence. The agency has unveiled a new exhibit dedicated to odd and unexpected state artifacts. The historic objects range from counterfeit colonial money, to the death certificate of famed Providence author H.P. Lovecraft. Rhode Island Public Radio's morning host, Chuck Hinman went on a private tour of the exhibit with State Archivist Gwenn Stearn.

The state Archives is staging a special exhibition to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the first Rhode Island state constitution.  The exhibit features an array of original documents, including journals from the first constitutional convention in 1824, petitions to expand the right to vote and a copy of the 1841 “People’s Constitution” as ratified by supporters of Thomas Dorr.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says it’s an exhibit well worth seeing for people interested in Rhode Island history.