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Roger Williams & Canonicus

Daniel Chester French is the American Michelangelo. He sculpted The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and the Minute Man among many other famous statues and memorials. The beautiful life-sized work over the door of 60 Dorrance Street. depicts Roger Williams and Indian Sachem Cannonicus who greeated him in peace when he founded Rhode Island in 1636. Roger holds a book – he wrote a translation of the Indian Languages. The Sachem cradles a peace pipe but true to history they face in different directions. It is said that Rhode Island is so small because while other states claimed vast Indian holdings our founder would only claim what he could buy and he did not have much money so we became the smallest state.