The People Speak: The Right of Petition to the General Assembly, 1738-1971
Petitioning the Rhode Island General Assembly has been a right of the people for hundreds of years. This exhibit features an array of original manuscripts that provide insight into the many important social, racial and political issues voiced by the people through the centuries.
Among the documents on display are petitions dealing with slavery, women’s suffrage, divorce, the adoption of children, child labor and capital punishment, including appeals from condemned prisoner John Gordon in 1845, the last man executed for murder in Rhode Island, as well as racial injustices related to intermarriage and schooling.
See the full exhibit for yourself at the State Archives, 337 Westminster St., Providence, through July 31, 2012. We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free, two-hour validated parking is available at the In-Town Parking lot across Snow Street from the State Archives.