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African-American Heritage of College Hill
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Contributed By: Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (RIBHS) and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC)
Email The Author: joseph@rickmangroup.com

On Thursday, May 14 at 5pm at the Old State House at 150 Benefit Street in Providence, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (RIBHS) and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) will kick off their collaborative project, African-American Heritage of College Hill. Funded by a $25,000 grant from the National Park Service, this two-year project will research and document the history of African Americans in the College Hill Historic District in Providence.At the project kickoff, representatives from RIBHS and RIHPHC will introduce the project and the project team. Then they will invite the audience to identify historic buildings associated with the African-American community within the district and to discuss major historical themes.

The College Hill Historic District was listed on the National Register in 1970, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. Expanded in 1976, the National Register District is roughly bounded on the north by Olney Street, east by Hope Street, south by George M. Cohan Boulevard, and west by the Mosshassuck and Providence rivers. It encompasses more than 1700 buildings and structures.

Although the role of African Americans in the development of the neighborhood has often been overlooked, recent scholarship makes it possible to retell the history of College Hill. For instance, RIBHS has conducted numerous interviews about the impact of local urban renewal and redevelopment projects on the African-American community in the 1950s and 1960s. Further research will uncover additional information to present a more robust and inclusive history. The end result of the project will be a revised National Register nomination.All are welcome to participate.

To RSVP, please contact Joseph Gaccione at (401)421-0606 or joseph@rickmangroup.com.


Posted: May 5, 2015
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