Current Exhibit

A Name, A Voice, A Life; the Black Newporters of the 17th-19th Centuries



Discover the rich narratives of five individuals of African descent who resided in Newport from its inception in 1639 to the abolition of slavery in Rhode Island’s constitution in 1842. Delve into their connections, commercial endeavors, religious affiliations, and more through an immersive exhibit at the Newport Historical Society Richard I. Burnham Resource Center (82 Touro Street, Newport, RI).

The exhibit also features interpretations by three Rhode Island artists, offering visual insights into the lives and experiences of these historical figures. Join us for the exhibition from May 29, 2024 – November 29, 2024, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 3 pm.