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Block Island Indian Cemetery

Posted by Stu On February - 1 - 2010

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I read about this cemetery after my first trip to Block Island and decided to look for it on my second trip.  I had never been to an “Indian” cemetery before and was curious to see one.  This graveyard was used by the Manisee tribe who originally inhabited the island.  Upon the introduction of white settlers, it was also used to inter slaves.  The natives’ graves are simply marked with rocks, although there are a few more recent headstones to be found as well.

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4 Responses

  1. Bitchhh Said,

    Of course, the reason you don’t tend to see Indian Cemeteries is because white people built their houses and buildings over them. :/

    It’s cool that they have preserved this one. Horray Rhode Island historical society!

    Posted on February 4th, 2010 at 1:46 am

  2. Noni-Ayanna Gobern-Roach Said,

    Those are my relatives in those tomb stones 🙂 That was so cool to see and very unexpected. My grandmother, Mary Payne. taught me a lot about our heritage. Glad she did… On the Island in the historical library, one of my relatives also from the Mannissean tribe fought in WWI (or WW2) can’t remember which one. Hold on…I just saw his name (Captain Charles Paine…)But thank you for the awesome pictures! very cool 🙂

    Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  3. Rebecca Carter Said,

    My relatives are the Paines and Carters which are buried here thank you .. I intend to make a trip there soon .. to see. and visit.. !!

    Posted on May 10th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

  4. Noni-Ayanna Gobern-Roach Said,

    Rebecca Carter,
    If you are related to the Paines in this picture then I believe we may be related via my grandmother’s side of the family!

    Posted on January 8th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

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