PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is pushing to make its extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and pamphlets more accessible to the public.
The society has named entrepreneur Linda Cline and rare book dealer Robert Dimmick as co-heads of its library committee. They will lead efforts to catalogue the collection.
Cline and Dimmick's work will also include facilitating public access to the collection by developing an online catalogue.
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society was formed about 37 years ago with a mission to preserve three centuries of African American history in the state. The organization also encourages and promotes the study of African American history by hosting tours and lectures for the public.
It has 400 members and 2,000 people who regularly attend its free events.