The Rhode Island Slave History Medallions announced this week that they will host A Living History Cultural Celebration at Patriots Park in Portsmouth on Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 12:00-2:00 pm.

This is a free, family-friendly event and will feature music by the Bristol Fife & Drum Corps, dance and storytelling by Indigenous performers, African drummers, participatory drum circle, and Continental Army encampment with cannon and musket demonstrations.   

RISHM director, Charles Roberts says in a statement “it’s a great summer opportunity for our kids to have fun outdoors, just before school starts, and learn what it was like to fight for America’s freedom.” Patriots Park commemorates the Battle of Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War where the First Rhode Island Regiment of African and Indigenous slaves and freemen risked their lives repelling British forces to help win the war.   

A shade tent with seating is provided on the grounds and participants are invited to bring a picnic lunch or refreshments. The event takes place rain or shine. Volunteers will assist attendees with valet parking and handicap access. RI Health Department suggests that unvaccinated persons wear a mask.  

The program is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, with support from Bank Newport, Newport Middle Passage, the Newport County NAACP and Sankofa Community Connection.

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