We’d like to thank the following for their contributions to the “The Underground Railroad in Rhode Island” module of the EnCompass Project.

  • Providence College partners Mark Caprio, Elizabeth Tietjen, and Rebecca Maxfield of the Phillips Memorial Library Digital Projects
  • RIHS staff members Geralyn Ducady, Jen Galpern, Owen Gibbs, J.D. Kay, Dana-Signe Munroe, and Rebecca Valentine.
  • Main essay by Elizabeth C. Stevens, Editor, Newport History
  • Research and writing for object essays by Elizabeth C. Stevens, Editor, Newport History
  • Project oversight and editing by Geralyn Ducady, Director of Education with the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs, Rhode Island Historical Society
  • A special thank you to those who took the time to review the essays, give feedback, and make suggested edits and improvements.

“The Underground Railroad in Rhode Island” cover image credit: Petition for the Repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law from the “colored citizens” of Newport. Rhode Island State Archives collections.


This module is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), funded by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASALH or the Department of the Interior.


Module Publication Year: 2021