The Native and Black communities: ‘We are still here’

Native American and Black communities are still present on Block Island.
But the stories of these communities on the island have rarely been included in the public acknowledgement of the founding and settlement of the island; the majority of the island’s historical context has been told through the perspectives of the settlers of European descent. A virtual talk hosted by the Block Island Historical Society on Sunday, Sept. 20, titled “Recognizing Black and Native Histories on Block Island: Public Memory, Place, and Belonging,” focused on the research into the historical background of Native and Black communities on the

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