Hidden Truths: "Slavery and the Slave Trade in Rhode Island"

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Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Associate Professor of History, will utilize primary sources to tell the story of slavery and the slave trade in Rhode Island, addressing both Indigenous and African slavery, and the legacy of slavery through present day. Many people are unaware that Rhode Island, specifically Bristol and Newport, dominated the slave trading business.Enslaved peoples lived and labored in Rhode Island from the birth of the colony until slavery was abolished in 1842.

A new yearlong series at Roger Williams University, “Hidden Truths: Stories of Race and Place,” will present important conversations on the marginalized stories of our local area, and its complicated history with Indigenous peoples, the slave trade, environmental justice and immigration, and how these issues surface as present day disparities and systemic racial inequities. Faculty members and alumni will present lectures across wide-ranging, interdisciplinary fields of expertise throughout the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

All lectures will be offered as virtual presentations, with time provided for questions and answers. 

For more information about the series and to see more events, read "RWU Presents a Year-Long Series: "Hidden truths: Stories of Race and Place."