The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society in partnership with the Rhode Island Historical Society and Center for Reconciliation will host a public lecture and exhibit from the 1696 Heritage Group who will unveil the 220-year account from one of the most famous mass slave emancipation and reparation efforts in history.

The presentation will highlight the scholarly research that dramatically reconnects Rhode Island with the former Unity Pen (Plantation) of 18th century Jamaica along with the rise of historically Black communities, churches, and civic organizations in early America. An exhibit of family heirlooms and rare artifacts detailing Black family life in 18th, 19th, and early 20th century America will be on display.

Free public lecture and exhibit. Seating is limited. RSVP at