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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
12 PM
CSSJ Seminar Room
94 Waterman Street

Finding Phebe: Uncovering the History of Slavery in Warren, Rhode Island

Join us for a special event, entitled, Pat Mues and Sarah Weed Present, Finding Phebe: Uncovering the History of Slavery in Warren, Rhode Island.

Although the town of Warren, Rhode Island in the 18th century was surrounded by the slave centers of Newport, Bristol and Providence, its small size has made it a footnote in much of what has been written about slavery and the slave trade. Building on the work of historians Joanne Pope-Melish, Ruth Wallis Hendron, Christy Clark-Pujara and Marjory O’Toole, Patricia Mues and Sarah Weed use primary sources – including wills, inventories, town meeting records and censuses – to identify the enslaved of Warren.

A year ago, public historians Patricia and Sarah presented “Warren: 34 Years in the Slave Trade” which discussed the role and profit-making of Warren residents in the Triangle Trade. This year’s presentation looks away from slave trading and into the lives of those enslaved in Warren. Patricia and Sarah view their research as a work in progress. Every few weeks, they find information that helps them to identify someone who has been unnamed until that time and helps them to put together fuller stories of the lives and legacies of the enslaved. They have identified dozens of people as well as those who enslaved them. From postmaster to town councilmen to justice of the peace, from farmers to ship builders to innkeepers, Warren residents used the work of the enslaved to further their own families’ futures.

Patricia and Sarah are co-chairs of the Warren Middle Passage Project, a part of the Rhode Island branch of a national organization, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project. They are both board members of the Warren Preservation Society.

nid%3D3281%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneSarah Weed was director of the George Hail Library in Warren for 10 years and was a Regional Librarian for the Providence Public Library for seven years. She holds a BA in the History of Art & Architecture from the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle and a Masters of Library Science from the University of Rhode Island. She has lived in Warren since 1980.


nid%3D3282%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnonePatrica Mues is a free-lance writer and blogger, retired from a career as a copywriter.. After many years in Providence, she lived in Escondido, CA where she managed a branch of the Mingei Museum/San Diego and then became a political activist writing a daily blog on city politics. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley. Patricia lives in Warren in an 18th century house that may well have been built with profits from the slave trade.


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