Four young men, African-Americans from Plymouth, served in the American Revolution. Cato Howe was a freeman who had probably never been enslaved.
Plato Turner and Prince Goodwin were former slaves. Quamany Quash, who fought for liberty for his country, was himself enslaved and not emancipated until after his military service.
Following the war, the Town of Plymouth granted these men acreage near the Kingston border, in an area known as Parting Ways. Howe, Turner, Goodwin and Quash - with their families - established a settlement there known as the New Guinea Settlement. These four American Patriots are buried at Parting Ways and their gravesites marked with American flags.
Archaeological excavations have been conducted at Parting Ways and many ties to the African roots of Quash, Turner, Goodwin and Howe have been documented. Artifacts, architecture and food remains attest to their African cultural heritage.
Parting Ways is located on Route 80 (Plympton Street). From Route 3, take exit 6 onto Samoset Street. Travel west for 1 1/2 miles. Turn right onto Route 80 East (Plympton Street). Travel 1 1/2 miles. Parting Ways is located on the right. There is a small parking area and a 1/2 mile trail in woods behind the gravesites.