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Mapping Arts – Providence maps 100 years of African diasporic arts history, from the 1860s – 1960s.

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As listed on the organization's website: "Providence Public Library differs from public libraries in most American cities in that it is privately governed and supported, but it serves the people in the best “public” sense of the word.  It is owned and governed by a Board of Trustees whose membe[...]

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This Providence building, nestled in the Fox Point neighborhood is now home to the business, "Deep Sleep".[...]

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  The Cape Verdean Progressive Center first began as an iteration of the East Providence Cape Verdean Men’s Club started in 1939, from which wives were excluded. In 1940, 26 wives founded the CV Women’s Club and began raising money to buy or build a space to hold meetings. In 1950, Ambro[...]

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The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus is a Roman Catholic Church, originally instituted to serve approximately 500 families on Providence’s East Side. The 1st Mass was offered there by Father James Brennan on November 12, 1882, and a year later the building was completed. As the communit[...]

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An East Providence landmark, Bovi's Tavern has been one of Rhode Island's premier jazz venues.[...]

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A medium sized, well-preserved house from the late eighteenth century.[...]

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Known as one of the largest and most exclusive of its kind in New England, the Hillsgrove Country Club was established sometime in the early 20th century. At one point owned by the Italian immigrant Pasquale Testa, its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s was due to the appearance of such performers as[...]

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The history of the Congdon Street Baptist Church reflects much of the racial history of Providence through the 19th and 20th centuries. The church was first located on Meeting Street, when Moses Brown deeded the street to "People of Color" in 1819. In 1820, the African Union Meeting House and School[...]

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While the Women's College affiliated with Brown University was first operational in 1891, it took another six years before the school would grant women students a physical space associated with the campus, known as Pembroke Hall. Erected in 1897, Pembroke Hall was the first of a number of buildings [...]

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    In May 2012, The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society erected a plaque to honor Sissieretta Jones. The famed singer lived near the location of the plaque.   - written by Keila Davis[...]

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    The Trinity Square Repertory Theatre was founded in 1964 by Rhode Island citizens who wanted a local, professional, resident theatre company. The first physical home that Trinity Square Repertory Theatre had was the auditorium in the educational wing of the Trinity United Methodist Church, hence the[...]

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    Edward Mitchell Bannister and Christiana Carteaux Bannister lived in this home from 1884 until 1898. The home is currently owned by Brown University. - written by Keila Davis  [...]

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    Not much is known about this location. Formerly the private residence of Mrs. Hendy D. Sharpe, a multimillionaire sponsor of the Community Concert Association of the Music World, this location housed musicales that included performances by operatic contraltos like Portia White. Built in 1928, it is[...]

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      Former educational home to such well known Providence natives as the musician Clarence "Clay" Osborne, Hope High School is a public school located on the East Side of Providence. Although still operating as part of the Providence City School District, this institution has recently separated into two[...]

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      Founded in 1970, the Rites and Reason Theatre is a black box theatre located inside the Churchill House at Brown University. The actual theatre space is named the George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, in memory of its founder, George Houston Bass. The theatre boasts working with artists and pla[...]

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      Established in 1880 by a group of professional artists and art collectors, The Providence Art Club is one of the oldest art clubs in the United States and has remained at the center of Providence's artistic history. The establishment attracted many members early on, quickly becoming too large for it[...]

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      The Pond Street Baptist Church was organized in 1835 and is located on the West Side of Providence. It is also formerly known as The Second Free Will Baptist Church. The congregation's history is connected with the underground railroad and known for being apart of the anti-slavery movement. - wri[...]

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      The Rhode Island School of Design is among the country's oldest and one of the most prestigious colleges specializing in fine arts and design located in Providence, RI. It was founded in 1877 when the 34 members of the Rhode Island Women’s Centennial Commission voted to invest their group’s surp[...]

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        Classical high school was founded in 1843. It is a public magnet school in the Providence School District and is known for its college preparatory curriculum. The high school’s current building was completed in 1970 in the Brutalist architectural style.The original building was demolished to make [...]

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        Known as the space wherein Jim Crow segregation infiltrated Providence, Fay's Theatre was a racially segregated vaudeville house established in 1916 by the renowned vaudeville performer, violonist, and conductor Edward M. Fay. Built in 1912, it was formerly known as Union Theatre. Its height of oper[...]

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        Founded in 1949 by Paul Filippi, the Celebrity Club was not just the first integrated club in Providence. It was also the first integrated club in all of New England. While the Celebrity Club was closed in the early 60s, it made an indelible mark on the Providence arts scene, and made Providence a m[...]

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