A tablet on the south wall of a building at the northeast corner of South Main and Planet Streets, Providence, Rhode Island, bears this inscription:
SONS OF LIBERTY
Upon this corner stood the Sabin Tavern in which on the evening of June 9, 1772, the party met and organized to destroy H.B.M. Schooner Gaspee in the destruction of which was shed the first blood in the American Revolution.
This modest monument bears witness, then that if the Revolution had a single foment which might be termed its generation the spark liberating the colonies was struck at this time and place. A band of Patriots had met, conspired, and moved to revolt against tyranny and oppression, and the result was more than merely successful. So audacious, so presumptuous, was their act that a reward of several hundred pounds was posted for the apprehension and arrest of any of the perpetrators, yet it is everlastingly to the credit °f the patriots that so completely were the members welded by a sense of right and honor, that not a single man was ever convicted for participation.