The old Rhode Island cliché is that only the best families in our state can trace their lineage all the way back to a slave trader or rum-runner. One of those families, the DeWolfs of Bristol, have dug deep into their family’s dark past as the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.
Ten DeWolf family members appear in the Emmy-nominated documentary film, `Traces of the Trade; A story from the deep north’ that documents the DeWolf family legacy of slave-trading. There will be a screening of the film on Thursday, April 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gilder Center for the Arts on the Wheeler School campus. The Gilder Center is located at the corner of Angell and Hope Streets on Providence’s East Side.
James DeWolf Perry, a family member and the film’s principal historical consultant, will be on hand for a question and answer session after the film. Perry is also executive director of the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, a non-profit group that fosters awareness and dialogue about slavery by inviting people to explore race today through the lens of forgotten history.
This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Central Congregational Church of Providence.