Rhode Island played a key role in the institution of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. As artist-in-residence at the University of Rhode Island, I continue to work with the Committee for the Commemoration and Study of Slavery in Rhode Island (CCSSRI), examining Rhode Island's involvement in this American tragedy.
The Center for Reconciliation
May-April 2019, Providence, RI
"The third annual gallery exhibition curated by Rhode Island's (CCSSRI).
Once obfuscated by discussions of “mercantilism” or a “triangular trade,” recent scholarship of the transatlantic trade in raw material goods has illuminated the reality that the burgeoning economies of the early modern world were made possible by the forced transport of 12 million enslaved Africans, many of whom did not survive the Middle Passage.
For more than 300 years, their stories were at the core of the development of the Atlantic world. Now, theirs are the stories at the core of “Enslaved Humans,” an exhibition that aims to chronicle the deep historical roots of perhaps the most remarkable and tragic shift in human history -- the forced transport of enslaved Africans to further the business models of European interests and power the economic engine of the Atlantic world. " Marcus Nevius, Professor URI
University of Rhode Island Art Gallery
January-February, 2017, North Kingston, RI
The inaugural exhibition explored Rhode Island’s textile industry and its connections to slavery. It guided the public on a northern route through the trans-Atlantic slave trade and a southern route through the practice of slavery, both of which arrive at the textile mills of Rhode Island.
”Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth: Rhode Island and Slavery, 1783-1850’s”