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The history of African Americans on Providence's East Side is written in its buildings and the best way to experience it is on foot. Learn from its foremost historian, Ray Rickman, what once was and how the culture of the area has changed .


Congdon Street Baptist Church, Providence's oldest Black church

Students from the Gordon School participate in Stages of Freedom's African American walking tour of historic Benefit Street.


Our next tour,

The Benefit of Black Women: A Live Performance Guided Walking Tour of Historic Black Women Who Navigated Benefit Street

Saturday, June 18th @ 9:30am - $18

Tap below to register, or show up at 9:30am

and pay in-person at:

Stages of Freedom, 10 Westminster Street, Providence

(401) 421-0606

What People are Saying

"The RI Slavery Tour was an experience we will not forget. The freshness of the morning, with the calm but unapologetic voice of Ray Rickman, set the pace of the day. We learned from the historian, but physically felt these old stories through the talented black and brown, youthful and wise actors. The most memorable moment was at the conclusion of the tour. It was while standing in a cemetery, we were invited into this sacred space. We had a moment to sit in silence and mourn, but it was not without purpose. The silence and mourning turned into hope—as the words were spoken, reminding each of us—regardless of our identities—that we share this history. It is all of ours. Most importantly, it is by remembering that we lift our heads to dream and work towards a better country. The entire event left us with feelings of celebration and resolve—we shall overcome." 
- Marquis Gatewood, Dean, Brown University

Walking tour sponsors

Professor Don Keefer

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