Providence in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
Roger Williams National Memorial
Welcome to the birthplace of religious freedom in the United States. Roger Williams, fleeing religious persecution in England and Massachusetts Bay Colony, founded Providence here in 1636. The original inhabitants, the Narragansett and Wampanoag, have lived in this area for thousands of years. They taught the early settlers much about living here on the shores of what was once a great saltwater cove. Later, Providence bustled with maritime trade and played a pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution.
We invite you to explore this history and reflect on Williams's vision of Liberty of Conscience as you enjoy the memorial and Providence.
Rhode Island State House
See the home of the state’s General Assembly, one of the largest marble domes in the world, and the 1663 Rhode Island Charter.
Walk along the river and discover year-round public art and cultural events.
Roger Williams National Memorial
Discover the Roger Williams story and begin your exploration of Providence here.
First Baptist Church in America
Visit the meeting
John Brown House Museum
Explore our nation’s early social and cultural history at the Rhode Island Historical Society
Tour the campus of one of the country’s oldest universities.
The Old State House
Stand where Rhode Island declared its independence on May 4, 1776, two months before the rest of the colonies.
Take in the panoramic view of Providence from the Roger Williams statue that marks his final resting place.
Memorial Visitor Center
For almost 300 years, this building has witnessed the growth and transformation of Providence.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker memorial is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 41° 49.745′ N, 71° 24.605′ W. Marker is in Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Main Street (U.S. 1) and North Court Street, on the left when traveling north Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 237 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. The Prophet of Religious Freedom (a few steps from this marker); Gone From Hence (within shouting distance of this marker); A Changing Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Channeling Progress (within shouting distance of this marker); The Meeting Street School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Realizing Providence (about 400 feet away); Shakespeare's Head (about 400 feet away); Court and State House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Providence.
Also see . . .
1. 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. (Submitted on March 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Roger Williams - A Brief Biography.
Roger Williams preached first at Salem, then at Plymouth, then back to Salem, always at odds with the structured Puritans. When he was about to be deported back to England, Roger fled southwest out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was befriended by local Indians and eventually settled at the headwaters of what is now Narragansett Bay, after he learned that his first settlement on the east bank of the Seekonk River was within the boundaries of the Plymouth Colony. Roger purchased land from the Narragansett Chiefs, Canonicus and Miantonomi and named his settlement Providence in thanks to God. (Submitted on March 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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