First bronze slave medallion unveiled in Rhode Island

November 18, 2019 GMT

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The first of the bronze slave medallions to be placed at locations around Rhode Island has been unveiled.

Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline and Chairman of the Rhode Island Slave History Medallions project Charles Roberts cut the ribbon for the unveiling of the medallion Saturday at Patriot Park in Portsmouth.

The Newport Daily News reports each of the plaques have a QR Code that visitors can scan with their phones to read about its history.


Roberts says that at least one of these medallions will be placed in 25 towns and cities that were involved with slavery across the state.

The first medallion is meant to highlight the accomplishments of the First Rhode Island Regiment, which fought in the Revolutionary War.

The soldiers were enslaved blacks and Native Americans.