Newport Middle Passage - Liberty Square Design - Session 1

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A community design and feedback session about Liberty Square with design firm Bonder+Associates. Honoring the lives of Newport's enslaved.

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The members of the Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Project (NMPPMP) are eager to hear your views and to have your input into the design, scope, and development of a memorial park at Liberty Square.

The Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Project is dedicated to shining a light on the history of Newport, Rhode Island, epicenter of the New England Slave Trade. By telling the stories of the enslaved and honoring their lives with a memorial public space, we hope to ensure that the cultural narrative of our city is complete. We wish to honor and celebrate the lives and contributions of people of African descent in Newport and the nation, and to create a park emphasizing traditional American values of liberty, justice, and equality.

We have engaged Julian Bonder + Associates, the architect for the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, in Nantes, France, to design a memorial at Liberty Square. Our efforts will include organizing Zoom discussions, social media notifications, direct mail, and e-mail. NMPPMP believes that your participation is vital to the success of this project that UNESCO has designated as a “Site of Memory.” We are convinced that the input and ideas of local citizens are critical, and we solicit your active participation.

We look forward to learning how you think we can make Liberty Square a great place for the City of Newport.

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