Preserving the Stories of Our Creative Survival


Living History Series:

Marjory Gomez O'Toole, Author of "If Jane Should Want to Be Sold"
Talk & Book Signing 

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 pm
Aldrich House

110 Benevolent St., Providence, RI

Preserving Our History, Ensuring Our Future

As one of the oldest African Heritage organizations in the country, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society has recorded, retained and interpreted these historical facts and preserved the documents and artifacts of African-American and African descendant’s history and accomplishments in Rhode Island.

Our primary mission is the preservation of African Diaspora  descendant’s historical artifacts – books, art, papers and images, as well as facilitating the interpretation efforts by those seeking to enlighten others about our heritage.


The origins of the American Civil Rights Movement began right here in Rhode Island...

Among the many "Firsts" 

- Enslaved and Free Africans enlisted in the Revolutionary forces and served in the Rhode Island 1st Regiment; participating in several major battles, including the Battle of Rhode Island and Yorktown.

- In 1780, free Africans established their own self-help organization, the Free African Union Society in Newport, Rhode Island.

- Africans in Rhode Island would establish one of the nation’s earliest free African schools in 1808 and later after the Civil War would promote the integration of all public schools in Rhode Island.

We are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society = FORTY FOR FREEDOM

Join us as we honor and celebrate the work of our founders. From now through June 2017, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ (#RIBHSorigins) to discover the important work they accomplished during the first years of the society.



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Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 110 Benevolent St., Providence RI 02906

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