From Slave to Soldiers, a Look at the 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution



Linden Place Mansion celebrates Black History Month with a virtual lecture by historian and author, Robert Geake


In recognition of Black History Month, Linden Place Museum in Bristol, R.I. will host a live talk, held virtually, focused on the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of the American Revolution, later known as the “Black Regiment”, which was composed of indentured servants, Narragansett Indians and former slaves. 


Join historian Robert Geake as he shares the story from formation to the Battle of Rhode Island, to the siege of Yorktown, to the legacy today of those who enlisted to fight for America’s freedom – and their own.


The presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb 24, 2022 at 7:00 PM via Zoom.


Robert A. Geake is a public historian who has written about Rhode Island and New England’s history since he was seventeen and submitted stories for the local newspaper in Coventry, Rhode Island.


He is the author of fourteen books, including Keepers of the Bay: A History of the Narragansett Tribe; Native and New Americans; The New England Mariner Tradition; Colonial Curiosities; From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the Revolutionary War; and New England’s Citizen Soldiers: Mariners and Minutemen.


While the virtual lecture is a free event for all to attend, a suggested donation of $5 will help us continue to serve our mission and will allow us to host more virtual events to connect you with our history.


For more information and to register, please call the Linden Place office at 253-0390 or e-mail