Correction: Slave History Medallions story
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — In a story June 17 about efforts to mark sites in Rhode Island with ties to slavery, The Associated Press erroneously reported Joanne Pope Melish’s academic affiliation. Melish is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky, not a history professor at Brown.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Rhode Island slave history medallions to be unveiled
Rhode Island is identifying and marking sites around the state that have historical ties to slavery
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is identifying and marking sites around the state that have historical ties to slavery.
The Newport Daily News reports that the medallions to be used in the Rhode Island Slave History Medallions Project will be unveiled Wednesday at a lecture by University of Kentucky associate history professor Joanne Pope Melish at the Colony House in Newport.
Charles Roberts, the chairman of the project, will unveil the medallion.
The first medallion installation is scheduled for Aug. 25 at Patriots Park in Portsmouth.
The project’s focus is marking sites that have a “historical connection to the enslavement of indigenous people and Africans, either by their involvement in the slave trade and the economy of slavery, or by their association with the lives and labor of enslaved people themselves.”