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Newport Gardner: From Slave to Musical Composer
2 years ago

Newport Gardner: From Slave to Musical Composer

Newport Gardner was born Occramer Marycoo, perhaps in Ghana, in 1746. When he was fourteen, he was captured and taken as a slave to Newport, Rhode Island, where he was …
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Rhode Island Women of Color During the Great War
2 years ago

Rhode Island Women of Color During the Great War

World War I was a transformative moment for America. It would propel our still young nation into a world-wide conflict and require an unparalleled national mobilization of troops and supplies. …
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Captain Daniel Fones, Colonial Naval Hero
2 years ago

Captain Daniel Fones, Colonial Naval Hero

The name of North Kingstown’s own Captain Daniel Fones might be spoken in the same breath with as Thomas Tew, William Kidd, and Blackbeard. Fones’s skills as a sailor, his …
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Newport Woman Fills Important Role in the Civil War
2 years ago

Newport Woman Fills Important Role in the Civil War

Katharine (also spelled Katherine) Prescott Wormeley of Newport took an active role in public affairs throughout her life, founding the Girls Industrial School in Newport before the Civil War, and …
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French Soldiers Who Died at Newport During the Revolutionary War
2 years ago

French Soldiers Who Died at Newport During the Revolutionary War

Admiral Charles Louis d’Arsac Chevalier de Ternay (1722–1780) is the most renowned Frenchman of the Expédition Particulière to be buried in Newport. His funeral had more pomp and ceremony than …
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