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Providence in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

A Place for Your Ideas

 
 
A Place for Your Ideas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 18, 2017
1. A Place for Your Ideas Marker
Inscription.
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.
 
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
Marker detail: Roger Williams Memorial map image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Roger Williams Memorial map
By 1975, the site (image above) had been cleared of buildings and the Angara-Gray House, which is now the memorial visitor center, was moved 40 feet south of its original location onto the new memorial grounds.
north. Touch for map. Marker is within the Roger Williams National Memorial, located along the walkway near the southwest corner of the Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 282 North Main Street, Providence RI 02903, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Thoroughfare Town (a few steps from this marker); The Century to Statehood (a few steps from this marker); Witness to History (a few steps from this marker); Gabriel Bernon (a few steps from this marker); Snow Town 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). 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 of Providence Plantations founded by Williams in 1636. It is on this site that Williams, through word and action, fought for the ideal that religion must not be subject to regulation by the state but, instead, that it should be a matter of individual conscience.
A Place for Your Ideas Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 18, 2017
3. A Place for Your Ideas Marker (wide view)
(Submitted on March 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraParks & Recreational Areas
 
Roger Williams National Memorial Sign image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 18, 2017
4. Roger Williams National Memorial Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. 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.
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