Reflections

What does Roger Williams’s legacy means for us, our community, or the world? We’ve asked people with relevant insights and experience to participate in a series of guest blog posts, or “Reflections on Roger.” Check back for updated Reflections throughout the year.


Reflections on Roger: J. Stanley Lemons

Rhode Island historian Stanley Lemons describes Roger Williams' religious principles influenced the Constitution and why they are still relevant today.

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Reflections on Roger: "History as Apple Tree."

Jessica David shares a poem written by Rhode Island's first poet laureate, the late Michael S. Harper, titled "History as Apple Tree."

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Reflections on Roger: Alan Tenreiro

2016 National Principal of the Year, Alan Tenreiro, explains how he finds inspiration for his leadership in the example of our state's founder.

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Reflections on Roger: Secretary Of State Nellie Gorbea

Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island's Secretary of State, talks about Roger Williams and his commitment to the principle of inclusion.

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Reflection from Scott Warren

Scott Warren, Chief Executive Officer of Generation Citizen, discusses the relentless pursuit for a more equitable democracy, through the action of students throughout the Ocean State.

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Reflections on Roger: Native Americans

Dr. Patrick Conley, Historian Laureate of Rhode Island and President of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, on Roger Williams' relationship with Native Americans.

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Reflections on Roger: Religious Freedom

Dr. Patrick Conley, Historian Laureate of Rhode Island and President of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, on Roger Williams' impact on religious freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution

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Reflections from Roger Williams University President, Don Farish

Roger Williams University President, Don Farish, ponders why Roger Williams is not more well known.

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Lucas Mason-Brown on Roger Williams

Lucas Mason-Brown discusses decoding Roger Williams's shorthand code.

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Ranger John McNiff on Roger Williams

John McNiff, National Park Ranger at the Roger Williams National Memorial, reflects on Roger Williams.

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What Roger Williams means to me

David Hazard Wordell, Sr., President of the Roger Williams Family Association, reflects on his great grandfather 14 generations ago.

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Senator Whitehouse reflects on Rhode Island's founder

US Senator for RI, Sheldon Whitehouse, reflects on Rhode Island's state founder.

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