The Rhode Island Slave History Medallion, a project that is a statewide public awareness program committed to marking those historic sites connected to the history of slavery in Rhode Island, will host a fundraiser in Newport on July 24, 2019.

An evening of Caribbean Music, Hors D’oeuvres, and Desserts will take place at the Villa Marina on Newport Harbor, according to the event flyer.

According to Rhode Island Slave History Medallion Project’s website, “slavery was the global economic engine prior to its abolition and Rhode Island’s role in this business of slavery was significant”.

The Rhode Island Slave History Medallion Project is marking sites throughout the state that are connected to that past and hope to make that history easily accessible by telling a more complete story of the cultural and economic development of the State of Rhode Island.

In Newport, Bristol, North Kingstown, Providence, Portsmouth, and Warren, a QR coded Medallion with the history of its designated locations will appear on their website. The QR code on the Medallion will provide a link to this website with historical content about each location.

Slave History Medallions in Newport are located at Common Burial Ground, John Stevens Shop, Great Friends Meeting House, Wanton-Lyman Hazard House, Old Colony House, and the Redwood Library.

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For more information on the Rhode Island Slave History Medallion Project, visit

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