First Black Mayor Of New England, In Newport, Has Died


(Newport, RI)--The first black mayor in New England has died.Paul Gaines, the mayor of Newport, Rhode Island from 1981 to 1983, died last Thursday at the age of 88 after a brief illness.Following his term, Gaines oversaw the construction of a monument honoring the First Rhode Island Regiment, also known as the Black Regiment, in the Revolutionary War.