Providence in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
A Place for Your Ideas
There is no National Memorial to Roger Williams here [in Washington], unlike the monuments to other national heroes like Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. Our National Memorial is in Rhode Island, where he lived and left us a philosophical legacy of incomparable worth. Senator Claiborne Pell, sponsor of the original legislation creating the memorial, on its 30th anniversary, October 22, 1995
This site has changed drastically since the 1950s. Industry moved away. Infrastructure deteriorated. Retail followed the population to the suburbs. The site, cleared as an urban renewal project, was ready for a new use. Congress created this memorial in 1965 to commemorate Roger Williams's "outstanding contributions to the development of the principles of freedom" in the United States.
Take time to contemplate his legacy in this urban oasis. Sit quietly, walk the winding paths, and find a place for your own ideas.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1965.
Location. 41° 49.877′ N, 71° 24.639′ W. Marker is in Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker can be reached from North Main Street (U.S. 1) south of Smith Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is within the Roger Williams National Memorial, located along the walkway near the southwest corner of the Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 282 North Main Street, Providence RI 02903, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Witness to History (a few steps from this marker); Gabriel Bernon (a few steps from this marker); Snowtown Riot 1831 (within shouting distance of this marker); Seasonal Gathering (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wellspring of Providence (within shouting distance of this marker); The Original Water Supply (within shouting distance of this marker); A Shelter for Persons Distressed (within shouting distance of this marker); Roger Williams Founded Providence Here in 1636 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
Also see . . . Roger Williams National Memorial: History & Culture.
The memorial, a 4.5 acre urban greenspace located at the foot of College Hill in downtown Providence, includes a freshwater spring which was the center of the settlement (Submitted on March 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.