By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ They slept in the kitchen garret, high under the eaves in a room whose ceiling was so low they had to stoop.
With only two small windows, they sweltered in summer; in winter, they huddled around the stone chimney for warmth.
They were the slaves of Richard Smith Jr. â€“ two men, one elderly woman and five children â€“ and their existence is confirmed in a 1691 property inventory of Cocumscussoc, more commonly called Smithâ€™s Castle.
When Daniel Updike died here in 1757, the slave population had risen to â€ś18 Negroes and a baby.â€ť
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