As of February 27, 2017, the museum is permanently closed to the public. The university is digitizing the museum’s holdings for research and can be viewed on our Collections page.

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Creative Survival: African-American Foodways in Rhode Island

September 22, 2011 - March 4, 2012

The ingenuity of black cuisine in slavery, survival and celebration was shown through menus, recipes, original slave documents, photographs, advertisements, dishes and utensils, and other artifacts.  From the high society of Newport to Providence's 19th century black neighborhoods of Hard Scrabble and Snowtown, the exhibit chronicled the changing roles of African Americans and their culinary pursuits.  As the nation has struggled toward equality, the opportunities for all Americans have expanded, as shown in our own community of Johnson & Wales University.