Red Bank Battleﬁeld, African American Soldiers Monument
This marker in Freedom Park commemorates Black soldiers who fought with Colonel Greene.
Historical reenactors depict the diversity of the First Rhode Island Regiment
A close-up of the marker
Backstory and Context
The American rebel force's victory in this battle was made possible by Native American and African American soldiers and sailors who served alongside with colonists of European origin. Greene's Rhode Island Regiment would later be known as the “Black Regiment” because of the presence of numerous African American soldiers. In 1778, Rhode Island began the explicit recruitment of soldiers of African descent but muster records reveal that African Americans and Native Americans were already serving with Colonel Greene.
Schenawolf, Harry. African American Soldiers and the Revolutionary War Victory at Red Bank. www.revolutionarywarjournal.com. July 15, 2016. http://www.revolutionarywarjournal.com/african-americans-at-red-bank/.
Monuments to the United States Colored Troops (USCT) [African American Civil War Soldiers]: The List. jubiloemancipationcentury.wordpress.com. May 30, 2011. https://jubiloemancipationcentury.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/monuments-to-the-united-states-colored-troops-usct-the-list/.