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Unrighteous traffick - Rhode Island and the Slave Trade - FIRST OF SIX PARTS - Abraham Redwood - Antigua and the West Indies Trade
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The Providence Journal - Providence, R.I.
Author: PAUL DAVIS Journal Staff Writer
Date: Mar 12, 2006
Start Page: A.11
Section: News
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His father, a slave trader and mariner from Bristol, England, had married into the sugar business. On a 1687 voyage to Antigua, the elder Redwood married Mehetable Langford, the daughter of a wealthy planter. Soon after the marriage, Redwood inherited Cassada Garden, a sugar cane plantation worked by slaves.

Redwood left his slaves in Newport and Antigua to his children and grandchildren. An inventory of his slaves in Antigua -- he owned 238 -- was done 22 years earlier. The names of slaves -- Sampson, Abby, Jenny and Charles -- preceded Redwood's other assets: 6 mules, 3 stallions, 14 cows and 30 working oxen.

The oldest library in America in its original building, Newport's Redwood Library and Athenaeum on Bellevue Avenue, has been in continuous use since 1750. Quaker philanthropist and slave trader Abraham Redwood purchased more than 1,300 books to help establish the library. The statue at the front of the building is George Washington, who never stepped inside the library.

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