Unequal access to education has been an ongoing issue since the founding of America.
Although the struggle crosses racial and ethnic lines, enslaved and free Black people faced
additional racist legal and systemic challenges that created terrible inequity. Thanks to years
of advocacy, Providence began to build schools for all students, and eventually outlawed
segregation in 1865. This circa 1769 building housed a piece of that story. The “Colored”
School was a separate school for students of color beginning in 1828. Eventually, attendance
declined and Providence schools were integrated.