The African Alliance of Rhode Island (AARI) is presenting STORIES IN STONE: America’s Colonial African Cemetery by Theresa G. Stokes & Keith Stokes on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6-8pm at BAYAL Restaurant located at 50 Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket, Rhode ISland (Former Shaw’s Plaza off North Main St.)
This superbly educational presentation addresses the African Ancestry that landed in Newport from Africa and lived and strived in that city and throughout the State of Rhode Island not as slaves but as merchants and business owners who successfully helped develop the economy of Newport, Providence and other parts of Rhode Island.
Newport, with its Gilded Age mansions, Colonial Era architecture, America’s Cup legacy, Jazz and music festivals is internationally recognized as being one of America’s top heritage tourism destinations, but few would realize the City by the Sea during the 18th century was America’s leading African slave port.
Today, a lasting legacy of that period is an historically significant burying ground called “God’s Little Acre,” on Farewell Street that has the oldest and largest surviving collection of burial markers of enslaved and free Africans, dating back to 17th century America.
Theresa & Keith Stokes of Newport have completed a major effort to recover, digitalize and present for public viewing and education over two hundred markers depicting how Africans and first generation African Americans lived, worked, worshipped and died in Colonial America.
For more info call AARI’s office 401-331-5535
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