Bittersweet: Sugar’s Sticky Road to Revolution Exhibit
- 110 Benevolent Street, Providence, 02906
- May 25, 2023 - December 29, 2023
The Rhode Island Historical Society is proud to present Bittersweet: Sugar’s Sticky Road to the Revolution, the newest exhibit at the John Brown House Museum. The exhibition opens Thursday, May 25, and will remain in the museum’s gallery until Saturday, December 30.
Sugar and its derivative products (molasses and rum) were among the major commodities that drove the Atlantic world economy. The burning of the Gaspee would not have happened if not for sugar. It is arguable that Rhode Island may not have been so quick to join in the Revolution had its economy not depended so completely on rum, which allowed the colony to engage in, by far, the most profitable trade at the time—the African slave trade.
The exhibit displays objects, maps, and documents related to sugar production, trade, and consumption—from Caribbean plantations to the colonial table—and shows the link between this system and Rhode Island’s entry into the American Revolution.
The museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 1:00-4:00pm and Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
- Presented By: Rhode Island Historical Society
- Dates: May 25, 2023 - December 29, 2023
- Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
- Location: Rhode Island Historical Society
- Address: 110 Benevolent Street, Providence, 02906
- Phone: (401) 331-8675
- Time: 1:00 PM
- Price: RIHS members free, tickets from $8-10