Author Theresa Guzmán Stokes

From Enslavement to Entitlement

2020 has proven to be a difficult and stressful year. COVID19 has us sheltering in place, and then the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer had us surging into the streets in protest. To say that… Continue Reading →

Rhode Island African Heritage & History Timeline: 17th through 19th Centuries

1636 Providence settlement is established 1639 Newport settlement is established on southern end of Aquidneck Island. 1640 Dr. John Clarke grants land to the Town of Newport to establish a Common Burying Ground for all residents regardless of race, creed and… Continue Reading →

A Woman of Valor

One of the least researched and publicly presented subjects in the history of WWI has been the contributions of African American women both home and abroad. Throughout the war years, women of color contributed to the war effort in important… Continue Reading →

Eager to Fight for Equality

This news article of 1918 comes from our family collection that includes items from my great uncle, Charles Henry Barclay who during WWI served as a 1st Lieutenant with the 372nd regiment in France. The article describes the concerns that… Continue Reading →

The Fight For Equality At Home & Overseas

By 1918, as America entered the First World War, the political and military consensus was that African American soldiers would not fight alongside white soldiers in combat. Although American soldiers of color were ready to fight and die for their… Continue Reading →

Africans in Newport History Celebration

On Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11am as part of the City of Newport’s 375th Anniversary Celebration, members of the African Alliance of Rhode Island will come together to oversee a ceremony to recognize and celebrate the thousands of persons… Continue Reading →

Gilded Age Newport in Color

1696 Heritage Group is happy to announce that we have received a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities for our fall program Gilded Age Newport in Color. This program is hosted by the Preservation Society of Newport… Continue Reading →

A Dialogue Between Two African Women

‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too: Once I redemption neither sought nor knew. Some view our sable race with scornful eye, “Their colour… Continue Reading →

Nearly two hundred years before the 1963 March on Washington for Peace & Jobs and before Richard Allen, Fredrick Douglas, Harriett Tubman, WEB Dubois, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, there was an African man who brought vision,… Continue Reading →

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