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Panel Discussion and Exhibit Opening: "Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island"

February 28, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: School of Law — Appellate Courtroom 283
  • Open to the Public
In celebration of Black History Month, RWU and RWU Law are presenting the opening of a groundbreaking exhibit titled “Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island” and a conversation on the history and significance of the black church in Rhode Island. 
From Feb. 28 through March 6, RWU and RWU Law will host the traveling exhibit in the second-floor atrium of the School of Law building on the university’s Bristol campus. The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The exhibit documents 250 years of service and survival, telling the story in images and text of American firsts: the first black philanthropic organization (the Free African Union Society, founded in Newport); the first black Episcopal delegation to a Diocesan Convention (from Christ Church in Providence); the first piece of sacred music by an African-American (by Newport Gardner); and more.
During the Feb. 28 event, Wilson – a resident artist at the Trinity Repertory Company who just starred in “The Mountaintop,” a play about the last night before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination – will deliver an 1842 speech by the Rev. Alexander Crummell, a black Anglican priest in Providence credited with winning the right to vote for Rhode Island blacks during the Dorr Rebellion.
The exhibit will open at 4 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m. with Wilson’s performance, followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session about the exhibit, “The Black Church in Rhode Island.” The panel will include Rickman, RWU History Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer and the Rev. Sammy C. Vaughan, senior pastor at St. James Baptist Church, in Woonsocket. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call (401) 254-3166.
The exhibit is funded by The Rhode Council for the Humanities and The Rhode Island Council on the Arts, sponsored by Opera Providence, and mounted by Stages of Freedom, a nonprofit founded by Rickman and program coordinator Robb Dimmick.