2016-01-14 / News Briefs

A Grievous Legacy

The Newport branch of the English Speaking Union will be presenting “Toward a Vision of Racial Reconciliation” on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. at The Pier Restaurant, 10 Howard Wharf. The featured speaker will be W. Nicholas Knisely, Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, who is spearheading the movement to acknowledge the role church elders in the state played in perpetuating slavery in the North. According to an article in The New York Times last August, “One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700s … The region’s economy was inseparable from [it].” In his presentation, Knisely will examine “tiny Rhode Island’s outsize role” and at the same time outline his work to establish a museum and reconciliation center in Providence, making it the first in the country. Tickets are $25 at the door. For more information, email sbraunsmith@aol.com or call 401-848-5251.

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