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5 Fun Facts About August 27 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1775, a group of Rhode Island soldiers known as the "Black Regiment" fought in the Battle of Rhode Island during the American Revolution. This regiment was made up of African American soldiers and was one of the few units in the Continental Army to allow black men to fight.

2. On August 27, 1790, the Touro Synagogue was consecrated in Newport, Rhode Island. It is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States and was designed by Peter Harrison, who also designed the Massachusetts State House.

3. The first train to run in Rhode Island began service on August 27, 1835. The train traveled from Providence to Boston on the newly constructed Boston and Providence Railroad, which was the first railroad to connect the two cities.

4. Rhode Island's first state fair was held on August 27, 1851. It was held in Providence and featured a variety of exhibits, including livestock, crafts, and agricultural products.

5. On August 27, 1970, the Newport Jazz Festival was held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport. The festival featured performances by jazz legends such as Miles Davis and Charles Mingus, and is considered one of the most famous jazz festivals in the world.
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