The community occasion will take place Saturday, June 8, at 3:00 p.m., in front of 15 Pratt Street on College Hill. Pratt Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Olney and Halsey Streets for the duration of the event. Former executive director of John Hope Settlement House Thomas P. Whitten will speak as the guest of honor, and Speaker of the House Gordon D. Fox will deliver remarks on John Hope, the namesake of the community center. John Hope
The plaque installment ceremony is free and open to the public and is part of The Societys ongoing mission to preserve and maintain African American history in Rhode Island. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Whole Foods, and there will be prize giveaways and live music. Society President Joyce Stevos will preside at the occasion.
To RSVP, call The Society at (401) 421-0606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Hope Settlement House was first known as the Crispus Attucks Association during the late 1920s. The agency was reorganized in 1937 and named the John Hope Community Association in honor of the late John Hope. In 1939 the founding Articles of Incorporation of John Hope Settlement House said: The Corporation is constituted for the purpose of developing and maintaining civic, cultural and recreational interests to serve all ages and both sexes and to direct character building and community betterment programs among the citizens of Providence. Today John Hope Settlement House is located at 7 Thomas P. Whitten Way in Providences West End.
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society was founded in 1975 with a mission to preserve three centuries of African American history in the state. The Society has amassed a collection that preserves the evidence of local African Americans' achievements in military service, business, politics, the arts and education. The Society also encourages and promotes the study of African American history by hosting tours, lectures, and other events for the general public.
Visit The Societys website at www.ribhs.org for more information or to become a member.