Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island opens at Providence Public Library

The inaugural exhibit of Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island, a new nonprofit organization highlighting African American history in the arts opened on Monday. Sponsored by Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Opera Providence, the event featured contributions of many gifted individuals, including Ray Rickman and Robb Dimmick. After a reception introducing the exhibits, which are featured in the Providence Journal Reading Room and the upstairs gallery, there was a performance by Rose Weaver across the street at Trinity Rep.

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Bible signed by Langston Hughes.

Bible signed by Langston Hughes.

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Attendees at the opening night event.

Attendees at the opening night event.

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Ray Rickman

Ray Rickman

Rose Weaver

Rose Weaver




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