NSRTC Black History Month Tributes

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The North Salem Republican Town Committee honors Black History month. The first black regiment in the American Revolution, known as “The 1st Rhode Island Regiment, widely recognized as the America’s first Black military regiment, didn’t start out that way. From its inception in 1775 as a part of the Rhode Island Army of Observation to its reorganization as the 1st Rhode Island in 1777 and its recruitment of Black soldiers to their own unit starting in February 1778, the regiment was one of the few in the Continental Army to serve all seven years of war. The unit distinguished itself in battles from the Siege of Boston to the Battle of Rhode Island and beyond to Yorktown” ( Learn more about these brave soldiers who gained their freedom by fighting against the British at…

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