Ray Rickman returns to the Dighton Library on Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 to share with us his extensive knowledge of Southern New England history and African American history and culture to highlight the effect slavery had and continues to have on our area. He will explain the economic basis of slavery and its African origins, as well as how it elevated the entire economy of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts during early U.S. History. Attention is paid to every aspect of the trade including manufacturing of “Negro” cloth and the building of slave ships with wood and material from most towns in southern New England.
Ray Rickman is a former state representative from Providence’s College Hill area. He served as Rhode Island Deputy Secretary of State from 2000-2002. A rare book dealer, Ray is considered a leader in the promotion of African American history. He conducts architectural and African American history tours in the Brown University area of Providence. Visit http://www.stagesoffreedom.org/ for more information. Registration is suggested, but not required.