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  • The Newport Show

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  • Genealogy Workshop: Applying to Hereditary Organizations

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  • ‘Six of the First’: Imagining a Counter-history of Slavery Through Sculpture

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A Powerful New Exhibition on Display at the Newport Historical Society

Location: Richard I. Burnham Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport
Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm

Discover the rich narratives of five individuals of African descent who resided in Newport from its founding in 1639 to the abolition of slavery in Rhode Island’s constitution in 1842. Delve into their connections, commercial endeavors, religious affiliations, and more through an immersive exhibit at the Newport Historical Society Richard I. Burnham Resource Center.

The exhibit also features interpretations by four local artists, offering visual insights into the lives and experiences of these historical figures.


Call for Submissions to The Bridge: A Joint Issue of the Journals of Newport History and Rhode Island History

“The Peoples’ Independence: Reflections on Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era”

In 2026, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. To commemorate this historical milestone, and in an effort to recognize the invaluable contributions of historically marginalized groups in the founding of Rhode Island and this nation, the Newport Historical Society and Rhode Island Historical Society are excited to announce a call for submissions for The Bridge: A Joint Edition of the Journals of Newport History and Rhode Island History.

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