Newport Middle Passage Project Exhibits at URI Art Exhibit

Newport Middle Passage Committee exhibited manuscripts, photographs and primary source documents to a University of Rhode Island art exhibit on the history of black labor in Rhode Island. The exhibit opened at the URI Fine Arts Center in South Kingstown. Artist Deborah Baronas from Warren unveiled her “Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth” textile artwork, while Newport member Peter Fay researched and curated printed material and photos on 19th century textiles, whaling and service trades. Many Newport members participated in discussions and the reception.

View introductory remarks at the reception here:


Contributing Scholar Peter Fay commentary on exhibit

Marcus Nevius commentary on exhibit

Clark-Pujara: Dark Work – The Business of Slavery

Dr. Christy Clark Pujara presented her research on the business of slavery in Rhode Island, published recently as “Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island” (NYU Press, 2016). Dr. Clark-Pujara is an Assistant Professor of History in the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Newport Middle Passage Port Marker committee sponsored her presentation with University of Rhode Island at a series of events titled, “Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth: Rhode Island and Slavery, 1783-1850’s“.