The First Baptist Church in America
Baptist Church in America was founded by Roger Williams in 1638. The
strong principles espoused were primarily the freedom of conscience and freedom
of religion which helped formed some of the tenets and foundation of the Constitution. The present
Meeting House, built in 1774-5, is a blend of early American meeting house
and English Georgian architectural styles. Sunday services are ongoing and
visitors are welcome.
This National Historic Site, the Touro
Synagogue, located in Newport, Rhode Island, is the oldest synagogue
in America. Peter Harrison, the most prominent architect in the Colonial
era, designed and helped dedicate the finished synagogue in 1763. The building
is known as one of the most distinguished in America and well-known for George
Washington's visit in 1790. Washington declared that this new country would
"give to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance".
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