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Patriot\'s Park: 41.601500, -71.258100
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Patriots Park Rhode Island, United States of America

Patriot’s Park

Patriot’s Park has long been celebrated as a location of African-American participation in the American War of Independence. Over one hundred twenty African-American and Native-American troops, both slaves purchased by the Rhode Island Assembly, and freemen, fought in the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778 in the 1st Rhode Island Regiment.

2017 Ceremony honoring African-American soldiers who fought in the Battle of Rhode Island – Josephine Brown and Audrain Triplett (courtesy Dave Hansen, Newport Daily News)