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Walking Tour: College Hill and the International Slave Trade

  • Presented By: Center for Reconciliation
  • Location: Start corner of Brown and Power Streets, near the John Brown House Museum
  • Corner Brown and Power Streets, near the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power St.
  • Providence, RI 02903
  • Phone (401) 274-4500X231
  • Dates: October 16, 2018
  • Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: $20

Rhode Island may be our smallest state but nearly everyone from its wealthiest early citizens to its most recent antebellum immigrants helped the Ocean State become one of the US's largest contributors to the international slave trade. Take a hike through history and discover how College Hill created its wealth and stability and helped lay the foundation for race relations in the state via human trafficking and forced labor. We'll cover about a mile of the neighborhood of College Hill, and more than 300 years of history in 2 hours. Stops include the John Brown House, Stephen Hopkins House, John Carter Brown Library, University Hall and the historic St. John's Cathedral. While educational and engaging this is, at times, like an urban hike. The sidewalks are uneven, we cross a couple of busy streets and there is the occasional road construction. Please make sure you dress comfortably and bring water. If you are running late look for us inside the John Brown House Museum, our first stop. Spaces are limited. To register:

The tour does not start and end in the same place. Park along Benefit street between Power and Star, one of the neighboring streets by Benefit, the John Brown House's parking lot, or the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island's parking lots.