Providence in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
Styles remembers being a child in Wakefield, growing up in a small cottage near the ocean, with an outhouse at the back and a fire burning in the pot-bellied stove. He and his cousins would ride in the back of his grandfather's truck to Narragansett Beach, or run through the woods to dive into a fresh-water pond. It wasn't until he moved to Providence, in fourth or fifth grade, that he realized he was a Narragansett Indian. "When you're a kid you're just growing up. You don't know nothing about whether you're this or that." When he enrolled in school he was asked: What are you — Italian? Irish? He had to ask his parents how to answer the teachers' questions. "I didn't know what they were talking about."
He got through high school and went to trade school, learning to plaster and do drywall. He had a son. Now sixty years old, he lives in a small apartment in the North End, which he shares with two roommates.
Erected by The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 Adrian Hall Way, Providence RI 02906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Annye (within shouting distance of this marker); Fountain Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Universalist Church (about 600 feet away); First Professional Theater (about 700 feet away); The Hurricane and Flood of September 21, 1938 (about 700 feet away); Stephanie and Ashley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beneficent Congregational Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Repentance for Slavery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
More about this marker. Unfortunately, the marker has been defaced.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.