Prospect Terrace

White granite statue of Roger Williams with Providence skyline in background.
Final resting place of Roger & Mary Williams at Prospect Terrace.

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Roger Williams' Final Resting Place

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A short walk to the east, uphill from Roger Williams National Memorial, you will find Prospect Terrace, the final resting place of Roger Williams and his wife Mary.

Roger Williams died in the spring of 1683 and he was buried in his backyard. In 1860, Roger’s remains were moved to a family crypt in the Old North Burial Ground. A committee was then formed to create a memorial to honor his accomplishments. However, the Civil War intervened and no action was taken to build a memorial.

In 1936, for the 300th anniversary of the founding of Providence, a new Roger Williams Monument Association was formed. The result was the construction of a 14-foot-tall statue of Roger Williams, hewn from Rhode Island blue/white granite, set between two granite pylons. Roger and his wife Mary’s remains were interred in the base of the statue. Dedicated on June 29, 1939 the statue is of Roger, standing at the bow of a ship, overlooking the city he settled, Providence.

Last updated: September 23, 2023