The Center for Reconciliation offers and supports efforts that lead to social justice, racial equality, and racial reconciliation. We provide a variety of events and programs that create opportunities for learning, sharing and discussing America’s history of slavery, the slave trade and its legacies.

Learn more about our work on our Program Initiatives page. Check out our Events page for current programs from us and our partners, as well as our calendar of racial justice events in Rhode Island.

2018 Martin Luther King Celebrations

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The Center for Reconciliation focuses its work around three primary activities:

  • Educating people about the history of slavery, the slave trade, racism, systemic injustice, and their current implications;
  • Equipping people to process and constructively discuss racial and other prejudicial topics; and
  • Engaging in the practice of racial reconciliation and building a more just society.

We can help you, your organization or faith community. Contact the Center to:

  • Book a trained facilitator to guide conversations on slavery, race, and privilege
  • Train facilitators to lead a book group
  • Book a group walking tour
  • Screen a film related to issues of race and/or slavery
  • Engage a speaker on slavery and the slave trade in Rhode Island, race, privilege, race relations, reconciliation and related topics
  • Locate other helpful resources for your own organization

Programs and events that
inspire, inform and engage

The Center offers a wide range of events and ongoing programs designed to connect us to our past (slavery, the slave trade, American history) so we can together build a more just and equitable future. The goal of each event or program is to engender dialogue — as part of the event, on the way home afterwards and with family, friends, co-workers and strangers in the days after the event. Join us for programs and events that will inform and inspire you to become an ambassador of reconciliation.  

Upcoming events

  • 25 Feb 2018

    Evensong Commemorating Black History Month

    Evensong (Evening Prayer Service) Commemorating Black History Month and two historical Black Leaders – Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained…
  • 08 Mar 2018

    Reconciliation as Expressed in the Arts

    Thursday, March 8, at 7 pm, at St. John’s Cathedral, 271 North Main Street, Providence will feature artworks from several…
  • 26 Mar 2018

    Conference on Interpreting Slavery & Freedom in New England

    This two-day conference will provide participants with opportunities to: Explore the history of African and Indigenous/Native American peoples in New…

Where are the
slaves buried?

Thousands of slaves died during the slave-holding years in Rhode Island. Deacon Ricky wondered where they were all buried since most cemeteries don’t identify slave graves. She knew that Newport’s Common Burial was one of the few cemeteries that had a clearly defined area where slaves were buried (see http://www.colonialcemetery.com). But most slaves were buried in unmarked graves in churchyards, backyards of their owner’s homes (sometimes along side of their owners) or in fields, now far from the eye of the public. She set off to see what she could learn. Follow her progress on the Cemetery Project.

What our participants have said…

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