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URI Providence Campus to present Emancipation Day exhibit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- July 9, 2002 -- The University of Rhode Island Providence Campus Gallery will present "Freeing the Body, Freeing the Spirit" from July 29 to August 23 in celebration of Emancipation Day.

The exhibit features the Cuban and West Indies images of Tom Morrissey, professor of art at the Community College of Rhode Island. Also included in the exhibit are New York muralist Frank Leslie Hampton, and Rhode Island based artists Matt Barros, Munir Mohammed, Cindy Taylor Meeks, Nagrom Nomceaux, Dell Padgett, Angel Quinonez, Shenge, Lisa Gordon, and Natalie Thomas.

The exhibit showcases the work of minority artists and art in celebration of Emancipation Day, when 800,000 enslaved people in the British West Indies were given their freedom on August 1, 1834. This was the first admission by a ruling nation (Great Britain) that the enslavement was a violation of human rights and human dignity. The holiday has been celebrated in Rhode Island as far back as 1849.

The exhibit was assembled with the cooperation of the International Gallery of Heritage and Culture, and will be on display in the URI Providence Campus Gallery located on the first and second floor lobbies of 80 Washington Street. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a Gallery Night Reception on Thursday, August 15.

For Information: Steven Pennell, 277-5206, Jan Wenzel, 874-2116, Nicole Duguay, 874-2116

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