1696 Heritage Group is a historical consulting firm dedicated to helping persons and institutions of color to increase their knowledge and access to the light of truth of their unique American heritage. Our team has worked on a broad range of projects for public and private clients across the African Diaspora. Our home base is in Newport, Rhode Island, one of the most historic cities in America.
1696 Heritage Group draws on extensive knowledge and experience in ethnic American history research, interpretation, program and product development. Our team of experts has over 25 years of proven skills and the experience necessary to offer our clients a complete range of heritage interpretation products and services from simple heritage site and program assessments, heritage interpretation, public lectures, master planning, project management and turn-key exhibit development.
While many Euro Americans with great pride claim their American origins with the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, our name comes from the first documented ship carrying enslaved Africans to arrive in Newport, Rhode Island in 1696, the Seaflower.
As once said by the philosopher Cicero, “History is indeed the witness of the times, the light of truth.” Our work has been dedicated to helping persons and institutions of color to increase their knowledge and access to the light of truth of their unique and diverse American heritage.