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The Colony House

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Washington Square
Rhode Island
United States

The Newport Colony House is the fourth oldest statehouse still standing in the United States. It was designed by builder/architect Richard Munday, who also designed Trinity Church and the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House in Newport. The Colony House was built between 1739 and 1741 by Benjamin Wyatt. Tradition maintains that people of African descent were engaged in the construction of this building. More research needs to be done to establish who these individuals were and what their freedom status was.

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