Cathedral may become museum to the slave trade

2014-12-02 11:34

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Providence - Episcopalians in the state of Rhode Island are planning to open what would be the only museum in the US cantered on the trans-Atlantic slave trade, with a focus on the church's role in its history and the sometimes-buried legacy of slavery in Northern states.

The museum is planned for the Cathedral of St John, a now-closed church where slaves once worshipped. Rhode Island was the starting point for 1 000 slave-trading voyages, 60% of the total launched from North America.

Bishop Nicholas Knisely says there hasn't been enough attention on the role of the church and the North in slavery.

The diocese is working with descendants of a prolific slave-trading family and Brown University, which has grappled with its own connection to slavery.
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