• 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?

Image of Rhode Island state outline

Did you know that Rhode Island is roughly the same size as Yosemite National Park in California? It really is the smallest state in the union! More...