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Thursday, August 13, 2020

From Bourbon to Blocks: Here's Your Chance to Own a Part of Newport History Honoring 225 Years

New Riff Distillery is partnering with the City of Newport to celebrate the city's 225th anniversary with these commemorative bottles. (Img: New Riff Distillery)

By Jessie Eden
The City of Newport is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year in a variety of ways. If you've driven down Dave Cowans Drive, chances are you've noticed the new Newport mural along the flood wall.

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This mural is the first in a series that depicts and honors the students and teachers of The Southgate Street School, an historic African American school – the only one in Campbell County - that operated from the post Civil War era until 1955 when Brown vs Board of Education was decided and Newport Desegregated their schools.

Funds are currently being raised to commission eight more murals to celebrate Newport’s diverse past. You can learn more about the mural project here.

If you're interested in other ways you can celebrate Newport's history, there are two ways you can actually snag a piece of history for your own home!

225th Anniversary Bottles from New Riff Distillery

New Riff Distillery is now carrying 225th Anniversary Bottles that say "Proudly Celebrating Our Diverse Past & Making History Every Day”. They are only available for purchase in the New Riff Distillery Gift Shop at 24 Distillery Way. 

Thanks to New Riff’s generous donation, a portion of each bottle sold will benefit the 225th Anniversary Celebration of Newport’s History. "We care deeply about the community in which we are a part of. These community etched bottles of BIB Bourbon help to not only foster relationships with different groups locally but also provide an opportunity to give back as a portion of the proceeds for every bottle go back to the group mentioned," said Katie Tobin, new media associate for New Riff. "We are proud to be here and proud to be a part of such rich history."

This is a limited edition so move fast if you want one! 

Pieces from the Southgate Street School

The Newport History Museum at the Southgate Street School is offering for purchase a limited supply of architectural pieces from the former 1936 Fourth Street School.

All proceeds from the sales will benefit the promotion and interpretation of the 225-year history of the City of Newport.

Items Available for Purchase:
Terra Cotta Decorative Block- $55

Slate Deli Cheese Board- $28

Oak and Brass Stair Railings- $75

Newport225 Coasters and Magnets also Available Locally Handcrafted by Studio Vertu:
Coasters - $10

Magnets - $6

To order items from the Southgate Street school, contact Scott Clark at to order. Delivery within Newport can be arranged. 

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