Seasoned Rhode Islanders know that Roger Williams' legacy runs deep. His remarkably insightful seventeenth-century sentiments about religious freedom, oppression, and tolerance seem especially relevant today, several centuries later. There’s no doubt that Williams’ place in the Ocean State's history is woven inextricably into our fabric. And, as Mike Fink notes, Roger Williams lives in our hearts as well.
Mike Fink is an English professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has produced columns in a wide range of local and national magazines and earned the Providence Journal's Metcalf Award and the National Conference for Community Justice Award, as well as the Never Again Award for journalism.