Patriots of Color & The Formation of the 1st RI Regiment in the Continental Army

February 22, 2023, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In League with Liberty: The Persistence of Patriots of Color and the Formation of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the Continental Army presented by historian Robert Geake.


Robert A. Geake is a public historian and the author of fourteen books on Rhode Island and New England history, including From Slaves to Soldiers: The First Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution. Other books include A History of the Narragansett Tribe: Keepers of the Bay, Native and New Americans, New England’s Citizen Soldiers: Mariners and Minutemen, Fired A Gun at the Rising of the Sun: The Journal of Noah Robinson of Attleboro in the Revolutionary War, and is currently working on another book to be titled The Battle Off The Field Mr. Geake currently
serves as the President of The Cocumscussoc Association which maintains Smith’s Castle historic house museum in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. He also serves on the advisory board of the Rhode Island Slave History Medallion project. Mr. Geake is a contributor to the blogs,, and most recently, The Cocumscussoc Review on His essay on Rhode Island and The American Revolution is among those contributed to EnCompass, online tutorials for the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Presented in collaboration with the Battle of Rhode Island Association and the NAACP Newport Chapter.




Wednesday, February 22nd

6 pm


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