• Replica of Roger Williams' compass

    Roger Williams

    National Memorial Rhode Island

Roger Williams

Roger Williams and his Family

Deed to the settlement at Moshassuck, called Providence signed by Narragansett Sachems Cononicus and Miantonomi and Roger Williams

A Radical Vision

This is the story of the founder of Rhode Island, the first secular State. More than 300 years ago this fiery Christian preacher believed that the wall of separation between Church and State was essential for all other liberties. His ideals, incorporated into the Rhode Island Charter of 1663, laid the foundation for the laws that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison would eloquently affirm in this nation’s defining documents: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

This fiery Christian preacher’s name is Roger Williams. The Roger Williams National Memorial and this website are dedicated to his life, legacy, and the ideals we continue to passionately debate today.


Did You Know?

Roger Williams settlement

Did you know that Anne Hutchinson found refuge with Roger Williams in the Rhode Island Colony and went on to establish present day Portsmouth, Rhode Island? She was one of the first and only women to be a founder of a colony. More...