Recovering Rhode Island’s African Heritage Landscapes was presented at Come Back to the Future, Rhode Island’s 35th Historic Preservation Conference, on Friday, April 23, 2021.

A1 – Recovering Rhode Island’s African Heritage Landscapes
Scalloptown, Snowtown, the slopes of College Hill, Black businesses along Bellevue Avenue, sites of celebrations and protest, working waterfronts, and parks—there are countless landscapes built, designed, and activated by African Americans and African descendants in Rhode Island. Hear about the latest efforts to preserve God’s Little Acre, a burying ground for people of African heritage in Newport from 1705 to 1990. Explore Rhode Island’s historic Black landscapes within a national context. How can we grow the movement to reclaim and recover these places?

Kofi Boone, FASLA, University Faculty Scholar and Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, North Carolina State University, College of Design
Elena M. Pascarella, RLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect
Keith W. Stokes, Vice President, 1696 Heritage Group



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