A visionary and independent thinker, Roger Williams
was warned by the Puritan authorities in Massachusetts
Bay Colony to refrain from spreading his “new and
dangerous opinions.” Banished and alone, Williams
wandered in the wilderness eventually settling in the
land he named “Providence” in the spring of 1636.
Befriended by the Narragansett tribe, he founded a
community where any persons could think, worship and
act in accordance with their own conscience without
fear of persecution by the government. This spiritual and
intellectual paradise to some was considered a hotbed
of heresy to others. In 1965, Congress authorized the
creation of the memorial and the 4.5-acre park opened
to the public in the 1980s.
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