The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island wants to open a slave trade museum and a national center for reconciliation in its now-closed cathedral in Providence.
The Providence Journal reports that diocese officials approved the plans for the Cathedral of St. John last month.
Diocese official Linda Grenz says Rhode Island's role as one of the busiest slave-trading hubs in North America means the church has a responsibility to address it.
She says the diocese is looking for partners and grants to help open the center. She says it is already working with Brown University's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and The Tracing Center, a Massachusetts group that works to educate the public about the history and legacy of race.