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First Medallion Plaque Ready for Patriots Park

The Rhode Island Slave History Medallions Project will install its first medallion plaque on Aug. 25 at Patriots Park in Portsmouth. Carved by Allison Newsome of Warren, and designed by project chairman Charles Roberts, it is a recreation of an image carved by enslaved artisan Pompe Stevens for the gravestone of his enslaved bother, Cuffy Gibbs, in 1768.

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Remembering Africans Who Shaped America

Bells will ring across the United States on Aug. 25 to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival in Virginia of captive Africans who through their forced labor helped establish the first permanent English colony in North America.

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Historic Black Regiment Celebrated

The Black Regiment, also known as the First Rhode Island Regiment, played a critical part in the Revolutionary War, engaging in significant battles at Fort Oswego, New York, Saratoga, New York, Red Bank, New Jersey and Yorktown, Virginia.

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