Jamestown Town Hall

Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Library

26 North Road, Jamestown, RI

Windmill

North Road near Weeden Lane

Conanicut Battery

Battery Lane

Jamestown Mariners of Color: From Bondage to Boatsteerer

For centuries, Jamestown sent its young men to sea. As agriculture and slavery slowly declined, 150 people of color left the town, many of them men seeking opportunities at sea. What they found were South Sea islands, wondrous creatures, warlike tribes, hardship, and occasionally, stunning achievement.

Please join us for a presentation by Peter Fay a public historian who has been researching, writing and lecturing about the role of Rhode Island in slave labor and the American slave trade.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 2, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: From Bondage to Boatsteerer

Register Here in advance for this webinar.
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Current Exhibits


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From our Online Catalog


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Jamestown blacks had long history of going out to sea by Peter Fay

Jamestown blacks had long history of going out to sea by Peter Fay

The African-American and Native American community in Jamestown burgeoned during slavery, but it declined precipitously after the Revolution. Nine tenths left in only 50 years. The turbulence of war, the slow demise of slavery and the exclusion from economic...

Library Exhibit, February 2021 Jamestown’s Black Community

Library Exhibit, February 2021 Jamestown’s Black Community

The new exhibit in the JHS display case in the Jamestown Philomenian Library tells the stories of some of Africans and African Americans who have lived on the island over the passed 350 years.During the colonial era, Black and Native American slaves made up about...

The Bowen Brothers

The Bowen Brothers

George Wallin Bowen and his brother James Howard were born on the Point in Newport in 1882 and 1884, respectively.  In their 20s, the two brothers went their separate ways – George to Chicago; J. Howard, as he was known, to the U.S. Navy.  The First World War...

Library Exhibit, December 2020 World War II: The Home Front

Library Exhibit, December 2020 World War II: The Home Front

The new exhibit in the JHS display case in the Jamestown Philomenian Library celebrates the different ways the people in Jamestown supported its military forces fighting in Europe and the Far East from 1941 to 1945. Ambulance volunteers, c.1945 Those unable to serve...