This nine-acre park was a gift from one of the greatest philanthropists in Providence’s history. Ebenezer Knight Dexter (1773-1824) donated this park for military purposes and a 40-acre tract on the East Side for the benefit of the poor. This public space played an important role in the Dorr Rebellion and was a mustering site during the Civil War and World War I. The 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored), the first African-American company from Rhode Island to serve in the Civil War, was raised in Providence and bivouacked here. Today Dexter watches over it all, cast in bronze by Gorham Manufacturing in 1894.