CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town's historical society is planning to give a Revolutionary War monument a much-needed makeover.

The Westerly Sun reports the land around the 20-foot-tall monument to Gen. Joseph Stanton Jr. in Charlestown has been overgrown with weeds, and the stone itself is stained with black spots.

Stanton was born in Charlestown and became Rhode Island's first U.S. senator. He served as a major general in the American Revolution and planned with former President George Washington when he was a general.

The town's Historic Cemeteries Committee plans to clean the monument Saturday as part of the state's Historic Cemetery Restoration and Awareness Day.

Republican state Rep. Blake Filippi is aiding in the effort by helping remove the overgrown brush around the monument.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com