You can come view our online exhibits in person at the State Archives on at 337 Westminster Street in Providence. We will validate parking at In Town Parking, across the street from our building.
The documents in this online exhibition tell two important stories about activism in Rhode Island in the 1850s-1880s. One is the story of the black Americans, from Rhode Island and throughout the Union, who came forward to serve in the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored). The other is the story of these same Americans’ struggles on the home front – for equal access to education, for the right to marry someone of another race, and for the end of all discrimination “on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.”
State Archives exhibition chronicles the history of Rhode Island’s First Nations