• Replica of Roger Williams' compass

    Roger Williams

    National Memorial Rhode Island

Liberty of Conscience

Roger Williams National Memorial commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island and a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Williams, banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, founded Providence in 1636. This colony served as a refuge where all could come to worship as their conscience dictated without interference from the state.

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Did You Know?

Rhode Island statehouse at sunset

Rhode Island held a state senate hearing in 1992 to determine what the official state beverage would be. The debate was between Del’s lemonade and Autocrat coffee milk. Although it was close, coffee milk prevailed and is the official state drink of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. More...