In Providence, celebrating College Hill’s black heritage – News – providencejournal.com


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Threats of thunderstorms did not stop 30 community members and preservationists from gathering Tuesday night to remember the contributions of African-Americans and Cape Verdeans on College Hill.

“There’s a lot to learn, a lot of community history out there,” said Pierre Morenon, a member of the board of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, the organization which co-hosted the event with the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society. “We need to focus on the stories of the community.”

A research project funded by a $25,000 grant from the National Park Service was at the center of the meeting held at the Old State House, 150 Benefit St. The goal is to include the contributions of…

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