Rights of the People: A Rhode Island Constitution Established


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.

Images of the 1852 publication of State Constitution of 1842.See also: Journal of the Convention Assembled to Frame a a Constitution for the State of Rhode Island, at Newport, September 1842Constitutional Conventions (1841 - 1842)Constitutional…

Image of the delegates in assembly at the 1986 Constitutional Convention.See also: Constitutional Convention (1986)