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Congratulations to the The Providence Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project Research Committee on Grant!

Please join us in congratulating the Providence Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project Research Committee on receiving a grant to bring awareness of slavery in Rhode Island to the public. Watch for news of upcoming events in the next academic year! From the group’s proposal:

“Visualizing and Memorializing the Middle Passage

Cogut Center Humanities Initiative Research and Teaching Fund

January of 2016 marked the founding of the Rhode Island chapter of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project. This national organization seeks to acknowledge, commemorate, and memorialize the lives of those who suffered the brutalities of middle passage as part of the transatlantic slave trade through the installation of a series of markers at port towns that played a role in the trade. As part of this initiative, members of the working group, which includes Brown University faculty and staff, have worked to develop campus and community programming that deals with Rhode Island’s role in the slave trade, in addition to slavery’s lasting social and economic impacts in our communities. Through a collaboration between multiple departments at Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, we seek to utilize funds from the Humanities Initiative Research and Teaching Fund to sponsor a series of public lectures and an exhibition that explores critical perspectives on the representation, aesthetics, ethics, and challenges of memorializing the middle passage.”

The Providence Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project Research Committee:

Matthew Reilly (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University), Claire Andrade-Watkins (Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University), Karen de Bruin (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, URI), Peter Fay (Staff, Brown University), Linford Fisher (History, Brown University), Emily Owens (History, Brown University), Marcus Nevius (History, URI)

More information about the Rhode Island initiative can be found here

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