College Hill and the International Slave Trade

Saturday, May 4; 2pm-4pm 

Corner of Brown Street and Power Street in College Hill. The corner is at the top of the little hill by the John Brown House.

St. John’s Cathedral at 271 North Main Street, Providence.


Rhode Island may be the smallest state but nearly everyone from its wealthiest early citizens to its most recent antebellum citizens helped the Ocean State become one of the US’s largest contributors to the international slave trade. How? We’ll discuss complicity from a variety of viewpoints. Step into the roles of sailors, barrelmakers, housewives, bishops, slave owners and more. 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.

WALK LEADER: Elon Cook Lee

Elon Cook Lee is the Program Director and Curator at the Center for Reconciliation in Providence, RI.