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Living with the Dead in Rhode Island: From Cemetery Destruction to Cemetery Preservation @ Central

State Archaeologist Charlotte Taylor presents a talk on Rhode Island cemetery law. Before 1990, it wasn't safe to be dead in Rhode Island. Although the destruction of graves has been a felony in Rhode Island since 1896, this did not stop property developers and road builders from destroying cemeteries that got in the way of their plans, including the burial places of Native Americans some thousands of years old. It did not stop antiquarians and curious property owners from digging up bodies.

Explore this dark history and today's era of stronger laws and more engaged advocacy for Rhode Islanders who can no longer speak for themselves. Charlotte will present both atrocities and stories of successful, respectful preservation, drawing on her experiences as one of the first people who is called when (old) skeletal remains are found.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Robin Nyzio, Rnyzio@cranstonlibrary.org; 943-9080 x3
James T. Giles Community Room
Central Library

Register for this event using the form below. There are 24 seats available.