Patriots Park

Patriots Park

Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Patriots Park is a memorial to the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, "The Black Regiment", and their role in the Battle of Rhode Island, August 29th, 1778.

By the summer of 1778 the American forces were critically short of trained troops necessary to engage the British forces occupying Newport. To address this deficiency the Rhode Island legislature proposed the radical idea of recruiting black slaves into the ranks on the promise that in return, at the end of the war they would be given their freedom. As a result the 1st Rhode Island Regiment was formed consisting largely of black freemen, black slaves, Native Americans and mulattos. It later became known as the Black Regiment.

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