New Guinea Settlement at Parting Ways
Both free and enslaved African Americans served with honor and valor in the American Revolution.
They became heroes and true patriots.
Four of these men were from Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Four young African-American men. One a free man, two former slaves, one who fought for his country’s liberty while himself enslaved. Four veterans of the American Revolution.
The Town of Plymouth granted these four Patriots 106 acres of land near the Kingston border, in an area known as Parting Ways. The New Guinea Settlement they founded survived into the early years of the 20th century.
Howe, Quash, Turner and Goodwin are buried at Parting Ways. Visit their graves, marked with American flags. Remember – and honor – their lives.
The late Dr. James Deetz (Brown University/Plimoth Plantation) conducted archaeological excavations at the Parting Ways site. Many ties to the African roots of these men have been documented in Dr. Deetz’s book, Small Things Forgotten, which may also be found online at “Parting Ways” (Chapter 7, pp. 187-211) . His research uncovered artifacts, architecture, food remains and other evidence of their African cultural heritage.
- The site contains historical and cultural significance
- The site contains the graves of these African-American veterans
- The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places