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This memorial plaque is presented
American Baptist Churches USA
First Baptist Church in America
Providence, Rhode Island
On the Occasion of its 375th Anniversary
1638 - 2013
Who from its founding by Roger Williams,
Battery A R.I.N.G.
June 28 - October 10 1916
1917 · YD · 1919
World War I
103rd Field Artillery
26th, Yankee Division, A.E.F.
The Spring of clear cold water
located thirty feet west of this
point led Roger Williams to
found Providence here in the
year 1636 from which center
has developed in four directions
A few rods east of
this spot stood the
Founder of Providence
Forced worship stinks in God's nostrils.
Roger Williams, in a letter to Connecticut
Governor Thomas Prence (1670)
The steeple in front of you is the First Baptist Church in America, gathered by Roger Williams in 1638. Williams was deeply religi…
In 1830, the area around you was bustling with activity that dramatically changed the landscape of the Blackstone Valley. The Blackstone Canal, across Canal Street from where you stand, was an economic lifeline. The canal linked Providence's seapo…
...at last to proclaim a true and absolute Soul-Freedom to all the people of the land impartially, so that no person be forced to pray nor pay, otherwise than as his Soul believeth and consenteth.
Roger Williams, from Butler's Fourth Paper (1652…
Roger Williams said there was no amount of money that could have purchased Providence.
In 1636, Williams and the Narragansett tribal leaders, or Sachems, Cononicus and Miantonomo, negotiated for the land that became Providence. Together, they ag…
For thousands of years before European settlement, people came from across the region to the Great Salt Cove to hunt, fish, and farm. The Narragansett, Wampanoag, Massachusett, and Nipmuc all used the trails that intersected here on the upper Narr…
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, …