Warren Historic Marker for the Middle Passage

 

Thursday, June 20th, we dedicated a marker that tells the history of Warren’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and the people who were enslaved in Warren.  I will be posting about those people throughout the month, but wanted to begin with the marker.  It has been placed in a prominent location on Water Street facing the sidewalk at the entrance to the Town Wharf.  History tells us the wharf that was here in the 18th century, Collins Wharf, was the launching point for Warren’s first transatlantic slave voyage to Africa on September 24, 1789, two years after such voyages were declared illegal by the Rhode Island General Assembly.  No photo description available.

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