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Barrington Medallion Installation Ceremony

October 02, 2022
Barrington Public Library & Town Hall, Barrington
281 country Road, RI
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Slavery in Barrington, Rhode Island

In 1653 settler-colonists laid claim to “Sowams,” the ancestral home of the Pokanoket. Though the Pokanoket never relinquished their claim, settler-colonists soon occupied the land, including modern-day Barrington. Among these settler-colonists were the Willet, Myles, and Browne families, who enslaved 14 Africans. By 1774, 57 of the town’s 601 inhabitants were enslaved, including 18 classified as Indigenous.

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