Creative Survival is the means with which our African ancestors and their descendants survived and prospered through times of enslavement, disenfranchisement, and the ongoing challenges of equality in the larger American society.

Creative Survival is a new way to tell old stories.  Here in Rhode Island, the history of our distinguished people, the places and the times they lived, shouldn’t be presented because of an obligatory date on a calendar or as chattel property, but as an integrated and comprehensive learning experience. 

Creative Survival is our shared Rhode Island history that recognizes the important roles that people of all walks of life played in the building of our state and our nation.

Creative Survival is a celebration of Rhode Island history through a new and dynamic public platform of lectures, exhibits and online narratives to make a lasting difference in how we learn from our state’s cherished history.

Creative Survival is a collaboration of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and 1696 Heritage Group to present history as the collective memory of African heritage people from enslavement, freedom, and beyond. It is a means to remembering important people, places and events in the history of the African diaspora.

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