Last night Sarah and I presented “Finding Phebe” at Linden Place in Bristol. We had a great group of about sixty people including students from the Roger William School of Law. Those men and women asked questions and joined the discussion, giving us all a chance to talk about why this subject echoes through to today.
For those of you who would like to know more about the work being done by students and scholars, you might want to check out the website of Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice which states “Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world.”
Located on the campus of Brown University, the Center always has an interesting, small exhibition and hosts events throughout the year. They have a great video archive of past presentations and conferences, including a lecture by Christy Clark-Pujara author of Dark Work. In her hour long talk she lays out how the business of slavery permeated Rhode Island. Listening to her is the easiest way to begin to understand that part of our state’s history; her book has become a ready reference for our work.