|1. Sissieretta Jones Plaque
|Historical plaque honoring the great 19th century soprano. Read more about her here.
|28 S Court St, PVD
|2. Grace Church Cemetery
|Where Sissieretta Jones was laid to rest. The headstone includes a memory medallion that visitors may scan to learn more about her life, and on the back of the headstone is a memorial for her mother Henrietta Everett Joyner Crenshaw.
|10 Elmwood Ave, PVD
|3. Congdon Street Baptist Church
|The most historic Black church in Rhode Island. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 for its architectural significance.
|17 Congdon St, PVD
|4. Edward Bannister Statue
|Oil painter, activist, and founding member of the Providence Art Club and an original board member of the Rhode Island School of Design.
|7 Providence River Greenway
17 Canal Walk, PVD
|5. Hardscrabble Riot of 1824 Plaque
|The site of the first riot between Black and white residents of Providence. Several hundred white residents tore down about 20 homes occupied by Black residents in a mixed neighborhood, and took what furniture remained and sold it at auction. Some houses were set on fire.
|Near 142 Providence Pl, PVD
|6. Snowtown Riot of 1831 Plaque
|The site of a second riot between Black residents of Providence and white workers. A white mob terrorized Black neighborhoods for four days, five people died, and 18 buildings were damaged or destroyed. The Rhode Island state militia eventually intervened.
|North End of Roger Williams National Memorial, PVD
|7. Monument to the 1st RI Regiment
|Known as the “Black Regiment” because it was comprised mostly of Black enlistees. Some regard it as the first Black military unit in the US.
|Patriots Park, Portsmouth
|1. “Tray (Depicting Reverend Lemuel Haynes in the pulpit)”
|Oil on papier-mâché painting of the first Black ordained minister in America, Reverend Lemuel Haynes.
20 N Main St, PVD
|2. “Portrait of Christiana Carteaux Bannister” by Edward Bannister
|Oil-on-canvas painting of Edward Bannister’s wife Christiana, a prominent business woman born in Providence of African American and Narragansett descent. She worked as a hairdresser and was active in artistic and abolitionist circles. Read more about their loving marriage here.
20 N Main St, PVD
|3. “Portrait of Thomas Howland” by John Blanchard
|Oil-on-wood painting of Rhode Island’s first Black elected official – Thomas Howland, warden of Providence’s Third Ward in 1857.
|Rhode Island Historic Society
110 Benefit St, PVD
|4. “Salt Water” by Garden of Journey AKA George Nakima
|35’ x 110’ mural featuring two figures representing creative and destructive energy in an Afrofuturism style that is characteristic of the artist’s work.
|George C. Arnold Building
94 Washington St, PVD
|5. Mixed Magic Theatre
|Theatre dedicated to bringing diverse stories to the stage. Produces a variety of regular programs, including Rise to Black – a theater series featuring scenes from the works of Black artists and the theatre’s resident choir, the Exult Choir.
|500 Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket
|6. Worship Arts Restoration – MPACT!
|RI’s first federally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the support and restoration of visual and performing Christian artists and their artistry.
|25 Maple St, Pawtucket
|1. John Hope House
|A community-based organization named for John Hope: an alumnus of Brown University and among the founders of the NAACP.
|7 Thomas P. Whitten Way, PVD
|2. Cape Verdean Progressive Center AKA the CV Club
|A space for parties, social gatherings, and performances. Many Cape Verdean artists began performing here early in their careers, including Vickie and Flash Tavares.
|329 Grosvenor Avenue, East PVD
|3. Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading
|Celebrates Langston Hughes’ important contributions to American history, culture, and civic philosophy through annual poetry readings. Events often held at the Providence Public Library. For more information, visit: lhughescpr.org.
|225 Dyer St, PVD
|4. Rhode Island Black Storytellers
|A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, as well as through educational and cultural experiences.
|5. Southside Cultural Center
|The heartbeat of the Southside, West End, and Elmwood neighborhoods, SCCRI nurtures the voices of artists of color and cultivates community through the arts.
|393 Broad St, PVD
|6. George Wiley Center
|Non-profit dedicated to George Wiley, a Warwick-raised civil rights leader and chemist. Keeping in alignment with the mission of his life’s work, the organization organizes “with low-income Rhode Islanders to advocate for systemic changes aimed at alleviating problems associated with poverty.”
|32 East Ave, Pawtucket