Cicilline, Whitehouse seek to honor First Rhode Island Regiment with the Congressional Gold Medal

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Today, Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse were joined by Senators Jack Reed, Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) in introducing the First Rhode Island Regiment Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R.6660/S.3607), to posthumously award America’s first integrated military unit with the Congressional Gold Medal.

“Long overdue, this legislation seeks to recognize the heroic efforts of this military unit by presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to the Rhode Island State Library in their honor for display, research, and ceremonial purposes,” a press release sent on behalf of Cicilline and Whitehouse states.

A 1781 watercolor of a black infantryman of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of the Continental Army at the Yorktown Campaign. The 1st Rhode Island…

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