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Saving the Historic Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island

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There are fewer and fewer working lighthouses left in New England. But in a story produced by Rhode Island Public Radio's Bradley Campbell, residents of Block Island share how they saved one historic lighthouse... before it fell into the sea.

In 1875, workers constructed the Southeast Lighthouse on the edge of the Mohegan Bluffs. It worked for more than a century to help keep sailors safe. But in the 1990s, erosion forced the islanders to make a decision: save the lighthouse, or let it fall into the sea.

Islanders chose the former. And the Southeast Lighthouse continues to shine. But the story of the Southeast Lighthouse is something more.

The following is an oral history of the effort to save the Southeast Lighthouse. Voice come from members of the Block Island Southeast Lighthouse Foundation: Jean Napier, Pam Gasner, Lisa Nolan-Boudreau, and Martha Ball.

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