Learn about the First Four

Cato Howe, Plato Turner, Prince Goodwin, Quamony Quash--four patriots, four stories, four young African-American men. One a free man, two former slaves, and one who fought for his country's liberty while still enslaved. All four were veterans of the American Revolution.

The town of Plymouth granted these four patriots land near the Kingston border in an area known as Parting Ways. Howe, Turner, Goodwin, and Quash left behind a legacy. The New Guinea Settlement they founded survived into the early 20th century.

The Parting Ways Museum of Afro-American Ethno-History is dedicated to preserving and presenting these aspects of American history.

Learn more about the Parting Ways / New Guinea Project

Lunch at the New Guinea Site

Lunch at the New Guinea excavation in 1975.

Where the roads split at Parting Ways / New Guinea, two cultures merged to create a new American community. In 1975, an archaeological crew set out to discover clues revealing how the early black settlers retained African Culture when confronted by the radically different Anglo-Saxon culture. The dig was led by now deceased, world famous Dr. James Deetz, then professor of Anthropology at Brown University & the Asst. Director of Plimoth Plantation.

It is very important to note and officially record the accurate and true official records of all public & private officials who participated in the Archaeological Dig at the Parting Ways / New Guinea Site & Burial Ground. The Parting Ways / New Guinea archeological investigation was divided into three (3) phases:

The first dig was conducted by nationally famed archaeologist, Dr. James Deetz, in 1975/1976 with field assistant Connie Crosby (former Director of the Massachusetts Historical Commission) under Secretary of State William Francis Galvin and former Secretary of State Michael J. Connerly.

The second dig was conducted by Connie Crosby in 1978, without Dr. Deetz.

The third dig was conducted by the University of Massachusetts Boston.