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Rhode Island was, from its earliest existence, conceived as a place of religious toleration. Within the colony, Newport and Aquidneck Island were home to several religious groups and movements that were seeking freedom from established prejudices in New England. Sites that illustrate this proud and important legacy include the first synagogue in America, one of the earliest Quaker meeting houses, the home of Unitarianism and many others.

Newport
       Touro Synagogue
       Trinity Episcopal Church
       Great Friends Meeting House
       The Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House

Portsmouth
       Friends Meeting House

Personalities
         Ann Hutchinson
         Judah Touro
         Rev. Samuel Hopkins