This year marks the 350th anniversary of the King Charles II charter, which created a settlement in which religious tolerance was encouraged. The Rhode Island Charter stipulated that “…no person… shall bee any wise molested, punished, disquieted, or called in question, for any differences in opinione in matters of religion.”
To celebrate this “lively experiment” a conference will be held at Salve Regina University and brown University on October 3-6, 2013. The conference, No Person Shall Bee Any Wise Molested: Religious Freedom, Cultural Conflict, and the Moral Role of the State, is open to the public; the opening and closing events are free, but registration is required.
To coincide with this celebration, Melissa Andrade, class of 2014, created an exhibit on religious tolerance in Newport. It is on display on the first floor of the library, in the display cases near the Munroe Special Collections room. Melissa created this display as part of her Public History course in spring 2013.
The display also incudes a copy of the conference program. More information about the conference and other related events is available at http://www.spectacleoftoleration.org.