New exhibition chronicles the struggle for civil rights

    The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society. (RIBHS Website)

    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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