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Welcoming Rhode Island Exhibit

"Stories of Migration" storyboards will change as the exhibit moves between locations, so be sure to visit the different libraries so that you can enjoy a wider range of stories.

  • February: Mount Pleasant Library
  • March: Smith Hill Library
  • April: Knight Memorial Library

The storyboards include the personal stories of Isaac Nzamuge, who survived two violent civil wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and life in refugee camps before resettlement in RI; Carlos Fernandes, from the African state of Guinea Bissau who sought greater economic and life opportunities through the visa lottery program; and RISD professor and textile artist Jeung Hwa-Park, who followed her husband to Providence from South Korea when he attended school at Brown. A familiar face among the display boards is PCL’s own Latino Program Coordinator, Carolina Briones, who explains her own personal journey from Ecuador to Rhode Island.

Welcoming Rhode Island, an initiative of Dorcas International of Rhode Island, seeks to build welcoming and inclusive communities across the ocean state. The project interviewed 100 newcomers to learn their stories of immigration and developed some of biographies into an exhibit travelling to all 39 cities and towns in RI.

The Welcoming RI exhibition is supported by the Island Foundation, Pawtucket Credit Union and the ADDD Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.