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Remembering Slavery: The RI Slave History Medallions Project
June 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Joanne Pope Melish will discuss the Rhode Island Slave History Medallions project, whose objective is to identify and mark sites throughout the state that have a historical connection to the enslavement of indigenous people and Africans, either by their involvement in the slave trade and the economy of slavery, or by their association with the lives and labor of enslaved people themselves. Dr. Melish will offer some examples of such connections in various parts of the state.
Joanne Pope Melish is Associate Professor of History Emerita at the University of Kentucky, where she also directed the American Studies Program and co-directed the Africana Studies Initiative for several years. Dr. Melish received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. She is the author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860 (Cornell University Press, 1998) and many essays on race and slavery in early New England and slavery in public history.
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