Thematic Studies The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission has prepared, participated in, or is engaged in several special studies that explore specific historic subjects in context. Look for additional content to come on community history, property types, and more. Many of these studies are drawn from National Register nominations and RIHPHC publications. African American Civil Rights An ongoing effort of the RIHPHC with other key partners, this multiphase project has already produced a survey report, exhibits, and lesson plans. The next phase will result in a statewide survey of additional sites and one nomination. See the project page for details. African Americans of Newport African Americans in Newport: An Introduction to the Heritage of African Americans in Newport, Rhode Island 1700-1945 was published by RIHPHC and Rhode Island Black Heritage Society in 1998.