The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society was constituted for the purposes of procuring, collecting, and preserving books, pamphlets, letters, manuscripts, prints, photographs, paintings, and historical materials relating to the history of African Americans in Rhode Island. It also encourages and promotes the study of African-American history through lectures and making information available to the general public.
Today, founders and past chairs of The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society acknowledge their leadership and cultural responsibilities to the Society they once directed, by coming together to plan its rebirth. At the heart of The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society's mission is the ancient tradition of preservation of family and faith. We are driven by the pride and confidence instilled by cultural memory and manifested in initiative, risk-taking, and civic leadership. We are committing time, energy, and personal financial resources to the task at hand. But we cannot hope to succeed without you by our sides.