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National Park Service


Providence, R.I.

Can't wait for you to see the exhibits, Chris. We're very excited and people are really responding.
—Jennifer Smith, Roger Williams National Memorial

Exhibit Design and Fabrication: Mystic Scenic Studios, Inc.
Exhibit Graphics: Proun Design, LLC
Illustration: Leslie Evans
Budget: $100k
Size: 650sf
Opened: 2017


Nearly four hundred years ago, the English preacher Roger Williams outraged many of his fellow
New England colonists with opinions so radical they almost cost him his life. These dangerous ideas about personal liberty and religious freedom, expressed more than 100 years before the founding
of the United States, would inform the Bill of Rights and the fundamental tenets of American democracy. Today, Williams’s ideas are still relevant, fueling the persistent debates necessary in an evolving, vibrant democracy. Consider how your role in a democratic society involves reconciling our core beliefs to a changing world.
Exhibits featuring bold graphics, current photography, and custom illustration capture the urgency of these "dangerous" ideas—targeting a new generation of political activists.

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