Black History in Jamestown
Learn about the rich history of Jamestown’s Black community.
Places to Visit
See Jamestown’s historic sites and learn its history through its artifacts
Learn about this summer’s museum exhibit and other displays around town
Map of Historic Places
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From our Online Catalog
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"Number, Please" Switchboard Telephone OperatorsLeft to right: Nancy Peters, Shirley Whitehead, Maxime VonShade Clark, Jennie Clarke, Ellen "Midge" Matoes Wright, Eva VonShade, Genevieve Matoes Currie, Bess Sheehan, Millie Cullen, Harriet Beers, Dorothy Matoes Nunes....
Jamestown Slaves linked to Sierra Leone, Gambia riversBunch Island in the Sierra Leone River, 1784. A woman enslaved in Jamestown by Sayles Carr was one of 75 captives to be purchased on the voyage along the West African river in 1742. NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE UNITED...
JHS Recommended Event: “The Backstory of the Black Regiment: Soldiers’ Ties to Community and Kin” Lecture by Peter Fay, Patriots Park Commemoration by NAACP Patriots Park, Portsmouth, RI, August 27, 2023, 3 pm Philo Phillips of North Kingstown was 27 when his...
The Conanicut Yacht Club was founded in 1892 and is one of the oldest yacht clubs on Narragansett Bay. This month’s exhibit in the JHS case in the foyer of Town Hall celebrates the many activities of the club. The featured piece is the silver tray awarded to Price...