Our Work

1696 HERITAGE GROUP WORK PROJECTS

I.  Organizational Management

  • Rhode Island Black Heritage Society – Provide day-to-day administration and management; programming, social media presence, website design and maintenance, membership, grant writing and fundraising.
  • Historical Writers of America – Provide day-to-day management and administration, membership, social media presence, website design/maintenance, conference planning.

II. Public Funded Research & Interpretation Work

  • Rhode Island’s African-American Community: Colonial Period To Present
    University of Rhode Island Gallery Exhibit
    Rhode Island Black Heritage Society 2013
    The exhibit shares the vibrant history and amazing contributions by local African Americans from the Colonial period to the present through fine art, photographs, documents and artifacts from private collections, local museums and archives.
  • America’s Colonial African Cemetery: God’s Little Acre
    Rhode Island State Council for the Arts
    Newport Historical Society 2013
    Researched, designed and produced online exhibit, web site, database and public lecture series presenting the restoration and interpretation of the oldest and largest existing, enslaved and free African burying ground in America.
    colonialcemetery.com
  • Gilded Age Newport in Color
    Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities Original Research Grant
    Newport Historical Society
    Preservation Society for Newport County 2014
    Researched, designed and produced an online exhibit and public lecture series on the experiences of African American families working, worshipping and living in Newport, Rhode Island during the Gilded Age era. gildedageincolor.com
  • Sable Soldiers: The African American Experience at Home & Overseas during WWI
    Rhode Island Historical Society
    Rhode Island Black Heritage Society 2015
    Researched, designed and produced online narrative and database along with a multimedia lecture series on the experiences of African Americans at home and at war during WWI. sablesoldiers.com

III. Legislative Advocacy

  • 2014 – State of Rhode Island 1696 Heritage Commission Act
    State of Rhode Island
    Drafted and submitted for consideration before the Rhode Island General Assembly House Bills (2014-H 7490A, 2014-S 2418A) to establish state commission to develop a comprehensive African-American history curriculum for Rhode Island public schools from kindergarten through grade 12. The law was adopted in June 2014 and the Commission is underway designing history curriculum and professional development program for educators.
  • State of Rhode Island 1696 Heritage Commission
    Secretary of State
    Rhode Island Historical Society
    Drafted Curriculum Work Plan and Request for Proposal for state commission charged with developing African American history curriculum for K-12 public schools. Final Report 1696 Historical Commission – Part 2 1696 Historical Commission Report – Part 11696 Historical Commission – Part 2

IV. Public Lectures & Tours

  • 2015 – GILDED AGE NEWPORT IN COLOR, A LECTURE AND A WALKING TOUR
    Channing Memorial Congregational Church, Newport, Rhode Island
  • 2015 – GILDED AGE NEWPORT IN COLOR LECTURE
    Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport, Rhode Island
  • 2015 – AFRICAN LIBATION CEREMONY & WALKING TOUR
    African Alliance of Rhode Island
    City of Newport 375th Anniversary Committee Click Here
  • 2016 – FAITH, FAMILY & FREEDOM IN EARLY JEWISH AMERICA
    The Vilna Shul: Boston Center for Jewish Culture
  • 2012 – SLAVERY TRADE IN RHODE ISLAND
    United States War College Public Lecture Series
  • 2015 – WALKING TOUR OF COMMON BURYING GROUND
    The Cultural Landscape Foundation
    view here
  • 2014 – STORIES IN STONE: AMERICA’S COLONIAL AFRICAN CEMETERY
    Unity Center at Rhode Island College
  • 2015 – BIRSS MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES: READING “NATIVE SON” IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    Roger Williams University
  • 2016 – MORE THAN CHATTEL PROPERTY: AFRICAN LIFE & ACHIEVEMENT IN EARLY RHODE ISLAND
    Providence College
  • 2013 – AFRICANS IN EARLY RHODE ISLAND
    Linden Place Museum
  • 2014 – HERE AND ‘OVER THERE”: AFRICAN AMERICAN RHODE ISLANDERS DURING THE WWI ERA
    Rhode Island Historical Society
  • 2013 – NEH SUMMER INSTITUTE
    Rhode Island Historical Society
  • 2013 – FAITH, FAMILY & FREEDOM IN COLONIAL JEWISH NEWPORT
    Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston
  • 2014 – AMERICAN IRONY: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM & SLAVERY IN COLONIAL RHODE ISLAND
    Humanists of Rhode Island
  • 2014 – STORIES IN STONE: AFRICAN CEMETERY IN NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
    African Alliance of Rhode Island
  • 2014 – PIRATES, PRIVATEERS & SLAVERY IN COLONIAL RHODE ISLAND
    Naval Order of the United States
  • 2012 – TOURO SYNAGOGUE VISITOR CENTER
    Touro Synagogue Foundation
    George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom
  • 2010 – A FORGOTTEN HISTORY: SLAVERY IN NEW ENGLAND
    Brown University Scholars Online
  • 2014 – STORIES IN STONE: COLONIAL SLAVE CEMETERY
    Rhode Island State Libraries Association Conference
  • 2009 – AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE TOURISM AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2016 – FIRST STEPS: AN EXPLORATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN RHODE ISLAND
    Rhode Island College
  • 2016 – SABLE SOLDIERS: AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AT HOME AND OVERSEAS DURING WWI
    United States War College Public Lecture Series
  • 2016 – MORE THAN CHATTEL PROPERTY: INTERPRETING AFRICAN HERITAGE AS INCLUSIVE HISTORY
    Rhode Island State Wide Historic Preservation Conference
  • 2016 – A FAMILY JOURNEY THROUGH THE ATLANTIC WORLD
    Documenting Slavery in Connecticut Conference

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