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Our Rhode: Commemorating the Fox Point Cape Verdean Community July 1-July 31


The Providence Public Library Presents: Our Rhode: Commemorating the Fox Point Cape Verdean Community from July 1-July 31 at the Empire Street Exhibit Room located at 150 Empire Street in Providence, Rhode Island.

longshoremanPROVIDENCE, RI The Providence Public Library is pleased to announce Our Rhode, an exhibit presented by the Fox Point Cape Verdean Heritage Project, Inc., that highlights the St. Antonio Association and Local 1329 of the I.L.A. (International Longshoremen’s Association) –two of the major institutions of the Fox Point Cape Verdean community.

Founded in 1934, the St. Antonio Association, Rhode Island’s first Cape Verdean Beneficent Society, provided health and death benefits to members, and contributed to the social, cultural and spiritual needs of the community. Local 1329 of the I.L.A. (International Longshoremen’s Association) was founded in 1933 in Providence, Rhode Island, and is the first labor union in New England organized predominantly by Cape Verdeans. On display are historic photographs and materials from the two organizations from the archive of SPIA Media Productions, Inc.

The Fox Point Cape Verdean Project(FPCVP) is an independent community based research initiative comprised primarily of former residents and/or descendants of the founding Cape Verdean families who settled in Fox Point at the beginning of the 20th century. Launched in 2007 and incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit in 2014, the goal is to document and preserve the legacy of the Cape Verdean community in Fox Point.

The “Masters of the Craft: Gallery of Memory” documentary portraits in this exhibit were first presented in 2010 as part of “Whose History is it? Interpreting History, Memory and Culture,” then presented by City of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism in 2013 at the Gallery of City Hall. Funding for the portraits was made possible in part with the support of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University, Emerson College, and through a 2010 and a 2012 grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The printing of posters for this exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Emerson College.

For more information contact Glynis Ramos-Mitchell by telephone 401.438.9173, email foxpointccvheritageplace@gmail.com or online at http://www.provlib.org/events/exhibition-our-rhode-commemorating-fox-point-cape-verdean-community?eid=8




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