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Runners head south on West Main Road shortly after the torch run began at the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Monument. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Torch relay honoring MLK starts in Portsmouth

Torch relay honoring MLK starts in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy was celebrated this morning with a torch run ceremony that began at the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Monument at the intersection to Routes 114 and 24. It was a fitting starting point for the relay run honoring the slain Civil Rights leader. The 1st Rhode Island Regiment was

The memorial to the 1st Rhode Island Regiment contains the names of many soldiers of African heritage who fought during the Revolutionary War. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Soldiers of ‘Black Regiment’ honored in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Keith Stokes urged everyone to study the names on the memorial behind him at Patriots Park, one which pays tribute to the soldiers who valiantly served in the 1st Rhode Island Regiment during the Revolutionary War. Many of the names, Mr. Stokes said during a ceremony Sunday, offer direct evidence that a good number

Louis Escobar, here posing with a friend, dresses up in Patriotic garb for every Independence Day. “I’m Uncle Sam’s brother,” he says. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth fireworks moved to Saturday

PORTSMOUTH — Mother Nature has other plans for Louis Escobar’s fireworks, which he had originally planned to shoot from his Highland Farm Friday night, July 4. “Listening to the weatherman, Saturday looks a little more realistic,” the dairy farmer said Tuesday. That was confirmed today when Portsmouth police announced that the fireworks were being moved to

Brian Jean, David Cunningham and Coy Bethune (from left) of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment stand at attention during the ceremonies at Patriot Park Sunday afternoon.

‘Trailblazing’ Black Regiment remembered in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Alan Hoffman took out a throwback Brooklyn Dodgers cap and placed it on his head. In doing so, the Harvard Law School grad, who grew up in Brooklyn, was making a comparison between the “Black Regiment” Continental Army unit that fought here during the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Rhode Island and a certain ballplayer