Sponsored by: University of Rhode Island (Sociology & Anthropology, History, and the Applied History Lab); Tomaquag Museum
In 2017, the University of Rhode Island marked its 125th anniversary. The land on which the university sits, however, has a much longer and complicated history, which is invisible to most members of the campus community. Ancestors of the Narragansett, the only federally recognized tribe in this area, lived and worked here for millennia prior to the arrival of Europeans. Archaeological work performed prior to the construction of the Ryan Center in the 1990s also revealed a late 18th century burial ground associated with the Niles family, which likely contains the remains of enslaved Africans and indigenous people, part of the tumultuous history of Rhode Island. Join us on a walking tour of the URI campus to learn about the history of this land.