Meet the author: Cynthia Mestad Johnson

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Meet Cynthia Mestad Johnson, author of "James DeWolf and the Rhode Island Slave Trade," at Barrington Public Library. Through archival records, Johnson has uncovered the secrets of James DeWolf and tells an unsettling story of corruption and exploitation in the Ocean State from slave ships to politics.

WHERE: 281 County Road, Barrington

WHEN: 7 p.m.; Wednesday, June 25

COST: Free

MORE INFO: barringtonlibrary.org, 401/247-1920

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