Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice




“All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change. God Is Change.” – Octavia Estelle Butler Memorial Epitaph, 1947-2006


This year's graduating Fellow for the Study of the Public History of Slavery, Chandra Marshall, used her capstone project to focus on the intersections between African American and Native American histories.
Internationally acclaimed Haitian American sculptor and painter Edouard Duval-Carrié displays a series of resin and plexiglass artworks inspired by the complex histories of the Caribbean, including slavery, migration, colonialism and Afro-religious practices.


Highlights the cooking practices of six Rhode Island families: Alcantara, Aubourg, Malabre, da Graça, Jones, and Powell.
An exhibition of paintings by 2019 Heimark Artist in Residence, Renold Laurent, a Haitian artist based in Boston.
In this exhibition we tell the story of the relationship  between the Black organizing tradition and the movement.  We trace the tradition from the moment of emancipation until the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson. It is a story not often told, yet it is a necessary one for our times.



Scholars from Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ), in collaboration with the Iziko Museums of South Africa, have produced the Singing Freedom Catalogue, a comprehensive educational resource that complements the exhibition "Singing Freedom: Music and the struggle against apartheid."


The shackles, recently acquired by the museum, are of a type used to transport captured Africans to slavery in the Americas, part of the “Middle Passage” of the transatlantic slave trade.
Mali Olatunji is a fine arts photographer from the Caribbean territory of Antigua and Barbuda. His painterly photography is an original aesthetic birth, one that has brought this visual art a new technique and a novel vision.


This is an interactive exhibit that combines a history of chain gangs with modern dance and embodying the stories of others.
The exhibition, Black Experiences at Brown: a Visual Narrative, part of Brown's semiquincentenary celebration is currently on display in the Center’s gallery. This interactive exhibition chronicles the evolution of African Americans at Brown.
This timeline is a living archival document recognizing Black presence at and transformation of Brown University.