Ex­hibit chron­i­cles civil rights strug­gle

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Rhode Is­lan­ders are get­ting a chance to re­visit how the civil rights move­ment played out in the state.

The Rhode Is­land African Her­itage Civil Rights History ex­hi­bi­tion opens Wed­nes­day at Aldrich House in Prov­i­dence. It’s a joint project of the Rhode Is­land His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Rhode Is­land Black Her­itage So­ci­ety and Rhode Is­land His­tor­i­cal Preser­va­tion & Her­itage Com­mis­sion.

A panel dis­cus­sion will be held to kick off the ex­hi­bi­tion, which in­cludes a time­line dat­ing to 1652 of peo­ple, places and events in the strug­gle for African-Amer­i­can civil rights.

Or­ga­niz­ers say teach­ers also are be­ing in­vited to at­tend a work­shop fea­tur­ing new ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als aimed at im­prov­ing how the civil rights era is taught in the class­room.

A nearly $50,000 grant from the Na­tional Park Ser­vice is help­ing to fund the project.

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