Faith and Freedom Gallery

Three hundred and fifty years ago, Rhode Island was formed with a unique charter that spelled out more rights than any other document of its kind. The charter was so forward-thinking that it was used in place of a state constitution until 1842. After the Dorr Rebellion of 1842, voting rights were extended to all males of age, and Thomas Howland held political office in the City of Providence, even as the United States refused to acknowledge his citizenship by granting him a passport.

On the third floor of the John Brown House Museum you will find the “Faith & Freedom” exhibition of artifacts documenting the history of religion and rights in Rhode Island through 1860. This gallery provides a preview of those and other objects in the RIHS Collection. You can read more about the objects, and stories on the theme of “Faith & Freedom,” here.