Friday, October 13
Attendees will have a choice of participating in one walking or site tour using the Online Form – CHP Conference Registration. Shuttles to and from the tour locations will be provided. Sturdy, comfortable footwear is recommended. Options are still being confirmed, however the following are being scheduled.
Bellevue Avenue Gentrification.
(Theresa Guzman Stokes 1696 Heritage Group): Now known for boutique inns and luxury retail, during the Gilded Age the area between
Memorial Blvd and Catherine Street was home to working-class tenements, guesthouses, and a wide variety of businesses that catered to Newport’s wealthy summer crowd. (http://www.gildedageincolor.com/)
God’s Little Acre, an African and African American Colonial Cemetery.
(Keith Stokes 1696 Heritage Group): A section of Newport’s famed Common Burying Ground contains the graves of free and enslaved Africans and African-Americans (http://www.colonialcemetery.com/). The cemetery and its grave markers will act as a backdrop for narratives about the lives of these folks and their often-overlooked contributions to Newport’s history.
Newport’s 5th Ward and visit to the Newport Museum of Irish History.
The Museum of Newport Irish History Visit and Tour (Michael Slein MNIH): The neighborhood west of Bellevue Avenue, known as the Fifth Ward, was densely settled by immigrant Irish families working in the domestic service of Newport’s elite families. Today, while the neighborhood has undergone significant demographic changes, a strong descendant community remains. This program will include a museum visit and tour that charts the evolution of the Irish “Fifth Ward” from the early 1800s until today. (http://www.newportirishhistory.org/)
African American Heritage Walking Tour of Newport
(Niko Merritt Sankofa Community Connection) The tourist-packed neighborhood between Spring and Thames streets is rarely thought of as a place steeped in African American history. However, ongoing community based research exploring documents such as The Newport Mercury, deeds, probate records, diaries, wills, birth and death records, church records, oral histories, and archaeological studies are highlighting that this area was an important African American neighborhood in the 19th century. (https://www.sankofacommunityconnection.com/knowyour-history-african-american-)