Black Soldiers of Liberty

Estimates have appeared in print for generations that 3,000 to 5,000 Black soldiers served in the American military in the Revolution.

Captain Wallace Attacks Prudence Island

Grave of Unknown British soldier

Revolutionary Rhode Island Share this Page Blog Post by Gloria Schmidt Gravestones are reminders of Revolutionary War Activities on Prudence Island Last Saturday I was part of a delegation from […]

Local enslaved men fought in Revolutionary War

Notice in Providence Gazette

For centuries, many towns failed to acknowledge the contributions of Black soldiers in the War of Independence. Only in 2021 were Jamestown slaves first identified by public historian Peter Fay and honored by the town. They had been sold to the rebel government and promised their freedom for serving.

Rochambeau Statue – Newport Harbor

Statue of Rochambeau in Newport, Rhode Island

King’s Park on Newport Harbor is the present location of a statute to General Rochambeau. The statue remains a symbol of the assistance that France rendered to the American colonies during the War for Independence.

The Gaspee

The Burning of the Gaspee by Charles DeWolf Brownell

The Battle of Rhode Island – The Gaspee