Mayor James A. Diossa Unveils Central Falls Children’s Book

Proceeds to go to McKenna Center and RI Historical Society for Children Programming

Central Falls – On Thursday, June 14th, Mayor James A. Diossa unveiled his commissioned “The World in One Square Mile: Central Falls,” a children’s book chronicling the many people and cultures that together have paved Central Falls’ remarkable history. The book, which was written by Dr. Morgan Grefe, and funded through a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, is available for purchase on Amazon and Stillwater River Publications.


“Today was a special day for me as I unveiled a children’s book focused on the history of Central Falls through the many immigrants that helped build our city,” said Mayor James A. Diossa. “I really want to thank Dr. Morgan Grefe who helped with many others write the book, Jessica David from the Rhode Island Foundation for funding the book, and Stillwater River for publishing the book.”


The book was unveiled at the new state-of-the-art McKenna Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research. The book is on sale on and at Stillwater book store. Half of the proceeds will go to the McKenna tutoring center and the other half will go to the RI Historical society to help fund the children’s program.

100 students from both Ella Risk and the Learning Community were in attendance at the unveiling and received a free copy of the book.

“When Mayor Diossa called and said he had this inspiration to tell the story of Central Falls to the children of Central Falls, I was so eager to have that opportunity,” said Rhode Island Historical Society’s Executive Director and author Dr. Morgan Grefe to the children in attendance. “Rhode Island is one of the most special places that I have ever been because it was founded on the idea that, no matter where you are from, you are welcome here. Nowhere I have been tells that story better than Central Falls.”

The book tells the story of Central Falls beginning in 1700 from the lens of 10 year old children. Numerous community members and organizations including Anna Cano Morales, Central Falls School Board of Trustees Chairwoman and Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity for Rhode Island College, Denise Debarros alongside the Cape Verdean Student Association at Central Falls High School, retired teacher Robert Scappin, Central Falls historian Thomas Shannahan and the Tomaquag Museum Executive Director Lorén Spears.


Contact: Wilder Arboleda, office: 401-616-2443, cell: 401-318-3788, [email protected]

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