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Current Museum Exhibit :

Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge &

Rare Letter from John Brown

Regarding the Sale of Slaves.


Exhibit open for a limited time during normal business hours.


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Black Culture, Documented.

Today, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Ray Rickman received the Outstanding Philanthropic Citizen Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals: Rhode Island Chapter. Friday, November 22, marks National Philanthropy Day; Ray, along with other notable Rhode Island...

May 12, 2019

Bow Ties Take Over The University Club at Stages of Freedom Event

The annual Stages of Freedom's

Published by GoLocalProv

Bow Ties for Boys event packed the University Club on Saturday morning. The event sponsored by Awoken Apparel, Starbucks, the University Club, Frankl...

February 27, 2018

A new exhibit “Do Lord Remember Me — The Black Church in Rhode Island” is up at Stages of Freedom, the non-profit museum and shop right across from the Turk’s Head on Westminster.

December 26, 2017


In more than three decades of introducing city kids to the arts, Robb Dimmick has developed an eye for spotting students with the drive to make a career in the entertainment industry, like a young Viola Davis, back in 1982.

“You could tell fro...

33 religious leaders joined Bishop Jeffery Williams (l) and Bishop H. Curtis Douglas (r) as Stages of Freedom's Ray Rickman (c) led a walking tour of African American sites on Providence's College Hill in 92 degree heat. They stand in front of a plaque commemorating Si...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island nonprofit Stages of Freedom is helping empower inner-city youth of color by teaching them how to swim.

“It’s hard to raise money because a lot of people see swimming as fun,” said Ray Rickman, executive director of Stages of Freedom, speaking a...

February 20, 2017

"This 10-part series dispels the exaggerations and falsehoods which have developed over the years, shedding new light on iconic characters and their stories. Legends & Lies cuts through the myths and brings untold truths to the screen for the first time.

Executive Produ...

February 17, 2017

Stages of Freedom Executive Director Ray Rickman stops by GoLocal LIVE to talk about the significance of Black History Month and the importance of providing programs for youth in Rhode Island. 

Rickman describes an idea they have at Stages of Freedom, “If everyone under...

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