Opening the Oyster: African American Foodways in RI

    "Opening the Oyster" is a fascinating and illuminating talk which explores how the culinary genius and excellence of Rhode Island African Americans bought their way out of slavery and created a foundation of community prosperity. 

    Learn about: the Black man who opened New England's first restaurant; Duchess Quamino, the Pastry Queen of Rhode Island; master chocolate grinders; turtle frolicks; and the reign of Newport's Black caterers! The talk is accompanied by compelling images.

    This program is presented by Robb Dimmick. Dimmick is the Co-Founder and Program Director for Stages of Freedom, a RI-based organization that promotes African American history, culture, and wellness as well as awareness of civil rights concerns. 

    Registration is required. To register, click here or email

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