NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport officials are searching for descendants of the city's founders and they prepare to mark its 375th anniversary.
Stephen Waluk, the co-chairman of celebration's planning committee, tells the Newport Daily News the descendants are needed for a recreation of the signing of the Newport Compact in 1639 by those nine settlers.
When the city celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1989, 61 people participated in a similar ceremony.
Waluk says they have found about 15 people this time around and are looking for more.
The signing ceremony is slated for May 24.
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