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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

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

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

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