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City Council Unanimously Supports Campaign to Memorialize Enslaved Africans

Initiative creates awareness of Rhode Island’s historic role in slavery

The Providence City Council passed a resolution on Thursday formalizing support for the Rhode Island Middle Passage Project, the local chapter of a national effort  to install historic markers memorializing the lives of enslaved Africans. The Rhode Island Middle Passage Project committee was recently formed and is working to create awareness of Rhode Island’s role in transatlantic human trade. The resolution was sponsored by Councilman Wilbur Jennings and co-sponsored by Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris and Councilman Seth Yurdin.


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