Rhode Island Historical Society, 1696 Heritage Group, Providence Preservation Society, and Historical Author Gerald Carbone to work with the African American Ambassador Group Truth Telling Committee, comprised of nearly 20 community members from the larger African American Ambassador Group, to collect and analyze historical collections, documents, and artifacts that define the African heritage and Indigenous people history within Providence and Rhode Island. The 120-day engagement will work to affirm the early development of the city and state through the enslavement and genocide of African heritage and Indigenous people; examine the state and municipal laws that discriminated against formerly enslaved African heritage and Indigenous people and their descendants up until the present day; and examine the continued impact of the institution of slavery, Indigenous genocide, racial discrimination, and displacement of Indigenous lands.

Once documents have been compiled and analyzed by the Truth Telling Committee, the group will work to formulate a comprehensive narrative of their findings and develop a series of webinars, online learning exhibits, and walking tours for residents, educators, students, parents, and the general public.

"The process of recovering, documenting, and interpreting the history of African heritage and Indigenous Peoples in Providence will certainly challenge the very notion that our state and nation were founded on the principles of liberty and that all men are created equal," said 1696 Heritage Group Vice President Keith W. Stokes "This Truth-telling exercise will make possible for the City of Providence to lead the nation on how we tell the inclusive history of all people. The Truth Telling that begins today will not only validate our earned African and Indigenous Peoples' history but most importantly, that as Black Lives Matter, so does Black History Matters."