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Breaking Chains – Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation & Race in Rhode Island

June 13, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

2019 marks 400 years of slavery in America. Rhode Island was a major player in this vicious episode of our history, and also a leader in abolishing it. Breaking Chains tells this story through a series of events held from June 12 to June 15.

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“Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation & Race in Rhode Island” with Rhode Island’s leading scholar on Rhode Island slavery, Dr. Joanne Pope Melish and URI assistant professor Dr. Marcus Nevius. Bristol was Rhode Island’s largest slave port and James DeWolf, owner of Linden Place, the nation’s most prolific slave trader.

Joanne Pope Melish, one of the foremost scholars on slavery in Rhode Island, is the author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860 and a number of essays on race and slavery in early America, and slavery in public history and pedagogy.

Marcus P. Nevius is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Rhode Island, with a joint appointment in Africana Studies. His first book City of Refuge: Slavery and Petit Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763-1856 is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press.

Registration is free and highly recommended as space is limited. Please call 401-253-0390 or email info@lindenplace.org to reserve a spot!

This program is part of Breaking Chains: Slavery in Rhode Island. Learn more at www.stagesoffreedom.org/breakingchains.


June 13, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Linden Place
500 Hope Street
Bristol, RI 02809 United States
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