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Markers celebrate community history
By Chris Barnett / April 24, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...
The first of about a dozen historical markers going up on the Cranston Discovery Network historical tour tells the story of the long-ago village of Spragueville, which was the heart of Cranston in the mid-19th century.

Funded through our $15,000 Centennial Community Grant, the signs will be grouped in walkable clusters. Five more markers will go up in what is now the Knightsville neighborhood.

“Whether by foot, bike or car, the tour will really connect residents and visitors to the city’s remarkable history. We look forward to bringing our past to life,” says Mayor Alan Fung, who joined community leaders to unveil the inaugural marker at the Governor Sprague Mansion.

Upcoming markers will tell the stories of the local murder that led to the infamous trial of John Gordon, the former town hall and Cranston Print Works. Then the project will move to the city’s Oak Lawn neighborhood.

“We want people to stop, slow down and learn about the history,” says Sandy Moyer, president of the Cranston Historical Society, which partnered with the city and the Cranston Public Library on the initiative. “By making the tour walkable, we’re also helping the neighborhoods because people walking around might stop and go to a restaurant or they might stop at a store.”

“A lot of people may know fragments of the city’s history, but they don’t see it as a whole and how one village affected another village and so, by installing markers in clusters, we get a pretty good idea of what life was like in that one particular area,” she says.
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