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Rights of the People: A Rhode Island Constitution Established

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Commemorating the 170th anniversary of the state’s first Constitution effective on May 2, 1843, this exhibit features an array of original documents leading up to and relating to its ratification, including journals from the first Constitutional Convention in 1824, petitions to expand the right to vote and a copy of the 1841 “Peoples Constitution” as ratified by supporters of Thomas Dorr. Other featured items include records of the state’s last Constitutional Convention in 1986. Video footage taken during the plenary sessions will run continuously as part of the exhibit.

See the full exhibit for yourself at the Rhode Island State Archives, 337 Westminster Street, Providence, through May 31, 2013. We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free, two-hour validated parking is available at the nearby In-Town Parking lot at the corner of Snow and Westminster Streets.


Includes eight images of the pages of the proposed Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations as adopted by the People's Convention assembled in Providence on November 18, 1841 known as the "People's Constitution."


Images of the 1852 publication of State Constitution of 1842.


Image of the delegates in assembly at the 1986 Constitutional Convention.


Image of the cover page of the official record of the State Constitution of 1842.
The constitution was ratified in November 1842 after the Dorr Rebellion, and the constitution became effective in May 1843.