Story of Newport family begins nearly 200 years ago in Wayne County

About 1812, when Great Britain went to war for the second time with the United States, farmer William Newport left his home in Connecticut and settled in Sodus Point, a frontier port on Lake Ontario in what would become Wayne County. Newport, then in his early 30s, was a free African American in a state that would allow slavery for another 15 years. Read More … [Read more...]