Providence - Episcopalians in the state of Rhode Island are planning to open what would be the only museum in the US cantered on the trans-Atlantic slave trade, with a focus on the church's role in its history and the sometimes-buried legacy of slavery in Northern states.
The museum is planned for the Cathedral of St John, a now-closed church where slaves once worshipped. Rhode Island was the starting point for 1 000 slave-trading voyages, 60% of the total launched from North America.
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Bishop Nicholas Knisely says there hasn't been enough attention on the role of the church and the North in slavery.
The diocese is working with descendants of a prolific slave-trading family and Brown University, which has grappled with its own connection to slavery.