As we prepare to emerge from the pandmeic, we are working on flipping our model, so that 80% of our space will be devoted to an African American museum, telling the stories of Black excelence in Rhode Island, and 20% will contain our bookshop. With plans of opening in the spring of 2021, we will be the only such museum in the state of Rhode Island. You can be part of this history-making project by making a donation: $100 will put your name on our
The Museum showcases our state's African American history with changing exhibits. Currently on view:
Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge & a rare letter from
John Brown regarding the sale of slaves.
The Shop sells books, gifts, small furnishings, art and more to support our Swim Empowerment program. New items are added daily.
Every third Thursday of the month, people gather for Freedom Factor, a monthly salon of African American arts
& ideas held. Click the button below to see the schedule.
Our Early Donors
Vincent J. Buonanno, Jr.
Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund
Dan & Susan Shedd
Richard J. Medicke
Michele & Paul Verduchi
Chris Johnson Foster
Sheryl G. Mason
Albin S. Moser