City Hall exhibit shows Providence’s roots in South Side


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — During Black History Month, an exhibit on the third floor of Providence City Hall is now showing the history of many African-Americans and people of color who played roles in shaping the city’s development.

The city council held an opening reception for the exhibit Friday afternoon, which focuses on the city’s South Side (Wards 9, 10 and 11).

Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris, who chairs the Black History Month committee, said history belongs to every citizen as a part of the United States of America and black history needs to be told and remembered through the ages.

Placards and photos include outlines of how residents demonstrated to demand fair housing. Also on display are tributes to noted citizens of the South Side, including pro baseball player Davey Lopes.

The exhibit was organized by the Providence City Archives. It will be on display through April 12 at City Hall.

Curated tours will be every Thursday starting at noon on the third floor of City Hall or can be requested by calling the City Council Office at (401) 521-7477.

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