In the News

News, press releases, exhibits, meetings and organizational activities.

“Exploring the Business of Selling Enslaved People” (February 7, 2018)

Historical Interpreter Christine Mitchell, guest of Newport Middle Passage Project, visited Roger Williams High School to share her insights and experience about the business of slavery in Charleston, South Carolina. She shared original documents gathered over her years interpreting at the Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston, including bills of sale, slave advertisements, insurance and “work house” punishment slips.

“Visible Cloth, Invisible Bodies” (February 3, 2018)

Newport Middle Passage Project participated in the “Visible Cloth, Invisible Bodies” exhibit and lectures at URI Providence Campus.  One of our members, Clinton Gardiner, discovered his great-grandfather’s name posted on the wall amongst the list of African-American and Native American sailors from Rhode Island of the 19th century.

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Clinton Gardiner points out his great-grandfather sailor, Gideon Ammons.

Enslavement of Indians in Rhode Island (November 14, 2017)

News Coverage – Makonde Exhibit (August 13, 2017)

Makonde Sculpture Exhibit (August 14, 2017)

At Newport Historical Society, Aug. 14, 15 and 16 – exhibition of extensive collection of original Makonde sculpture from Mozambique, courtesy of Dr. Cynthia Hamilton, Professor Emeritus of University of Rhode Island.

Makonde Sculpture

History of Newport Middle Passage, and city council’s support of memorializing the Newport slave trade (June 22, 2017)

City Council Approves Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Monument

National coverage of approval of memorial monument – (June 16, 2017):


washington post 23-June-2017

Newport City Council approves future monument for Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Committee (June 15, 2017).

Planned Liberty Square Memorial

And reported in the Providence Journal:


Newport Middle Passage contributes to exhibit at University of Rhode Island: Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth (Feb 9, 2017):


Coverage of Newport Middle Passage Project’s community-organizing efforts to memorialize Newport’s survivors of the slave trade (Nov. 8, 2016):


Founding meeting of the Newport middle Passage Port Marker Project at the Redwood Library, Newport (Nov. 2, 2016):

Newport Middle Passage Founding Meeting
Attendees: Dr. Benedict Leca, Patricia Barry Petit, Peter Fay, Victoria Johnson, Capt. Robert Sanders, USN


Listen to the newscast on Rhode Island Public Radio (4-Oct-2016):

Coverage or RI Middle Passage Project on National Public Radio (Apr. 6, 2016):

Initial organizing meeting of Rhode Island Middle Passage Project, Bristol, RI (Oct 25, 2015):