African American Civil Rights in Rhode Island

    75 Chester Ave Providence
    Second Freewill Baptist Church in Providence, home to a historic African American congregation who traces their institution's roots back to 1819

    The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is engaged in an ongoing project on the history of African American civil rights in Rhode Island. 

    RIHPHC has issued a Request for Proposals (see link, below) for a preservation consultant to complete a statewide survey of sites associated with the pre-20th-century struggle for African American civil rights in Rhode Island, to prepare a National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form for the theme “African American Civil Rights in Rhode Island,” and to prepare individual National Register of Historic Places Registration Forms for four related properties. This project is funded by an Under-represented Communities Grant from the National Park Service.

      The new effort will build off and expand upon an earlier project to document and interpret African Americans’ Struggle for Civil Rights in Rhode Island in the 20th Century. Collaborators included RIHPHC, Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (RIBHS), and Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS).

      The following materials were created for that project: