Today I went to a dedication ceremony at an idyllic woodland site --Founder's Brook in Postsmouth, RI.
Marking the 375th annniversary of the founding of a new colonial community by a woman. And what a woman-- a mid wife and a free thinker, Anne insisted that women could read and preach the Bible. Anne had already been found guilty of heresy and expelled from the Bay Colony. Folnowing the heroic example of Roger Williams, Anne and her husband and many children moved to Portsmouth.
The event today marked the first prominent memorial to her and was the occasion for the dedication of three stone benches inscribed with her words. The event was organized by the Friends of Anne Hutchinson and wuth the help and support of Foss Media, an organization devoted to helping to bring history alive and dedicated to the idea of freedom. Using the slogan of the Woonsocket Patriot, an abolitionist newspaper published from Woonsocket with the rousing slogan--We Chronicle Freedom.