Roger Williams has come to town and he’s visiting the North Smithfield Library now through Thursday, Nov. 4. It’s not the Roger Williams, of course, but a 7-foot tall representation of what the founder of Rhode Island is thought to have looked like. The statue and the accompanying literature are meant to educate the public about Williams’ accomplishments, including his beliefs on tolerance and freedom of religion.
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea’s office acquired the statue in 2017 and the following year launched the Roving Roger program. By learning about the obstacles Williams faced and overcame, it is hoped that others will be inspired to engage in service for the public good.
Check out the display anytime during the library’s regular hours.