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Known over time as the "School Lands" (ca. 1763-1800), "New Town" (ca. 1800-1850), and Kerry Hill (1850-present), the Kingston Avenue study era presents one of the earliest enclaves of free African Americans in Newport. Building on the work of the RIHP(1977) and Richard Youngken(1994), this essay seeks to identify and place into context surviving buildings and landscapes related to African-American experiences in the post-Revolutionary War, Antebellum and the Guilded Age periods. It represents the first systematic study of the establishment, settlement, and survival of this neighborhood, set on a windswept hillside on the northerly edge of the colonial city, and the first effort since the 1970 Rhode Island Historic Preservation Commission survey to identify significant architectural and historical associations in the study area.

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