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1827    First public temperance meeting held in Providence.

1828    Blackstone Canal (Providence to Worcester) opened for traffic (discontinued in 1844).

           Act passed establishing public schools throughout the State.

1831    Providence incorporated as a city.

           September 21-24, race riots in Providence between seamen and African Americans.

1833    Antislavery movement gets under away.

           President Andrew Jackson visits Newport.

1835    First train runs over railroad between Boston and Providence.

1837    Railroad connecting Rhode and Stonington, Connecticut, is opened.

1841    "people's Constitution" framed and voted upon led by Thomas Wilson Dorr.

1842    Dorr's Rebellion forces routed at Acote Hill in Chepachet.

           Present State Constitutions framed and adopted replacing Charter of 1663.

1843    Survey of Public Schools undertaken by Henry Barnard.

1845    "Barnard School Law" passed--Foundation of State's modern public school system.

1847    First passenger train travels over Providence-Worcester railroad.

1850    Population of State, 147,545

1850    Sockanosset School (reform) for boys founded.