Providence, Rhode Island

The Rhode Island State House was built of Georgia marble and completed in 1904. It has the fourth largest self supporting marble dome in the world. It is a example American Renaissance style.

On the inside of the dome is a beautiful painting of “The Four Freedoms” by Rhode Island artist James Allen King.

The Gettysburg Gun is found in the foyer. The cannon was last fired during the 1863 Civil War battle at Gettsburg. It has a cannon ball still wedged in it’s muzzle.

The large state seal in the center of the rotunda shows the state motto “Hope” above an anchor which is a symbol of hope.

The 38 Senators meet in the Senate Chamber. The thirteen seals of the original states can be seen on the archway.

The Royal Charter of 1663 granted by King Charles II of England is in a large vault. The Charter guaranteed Rhode Island settlers freedom of religion and the freedom to govern their own colony.

The House of Representatives is larger and more decorative. Each of the 75 Representatives has a solid oak desk. Colorful tapestries of the Greek countryside hang on the side walls.

We were excited Grammy Red was able to tour another Capitol with us! We were also excited when our informative tour guide pointed out Governor Lincoln D. Chafee being escorted to his office. He waved to the tour group from down the hall and then and then came back to shake hands and point out the mural at the top of the dome. He was so friendly! This is the first Governor we have met on our adventure.

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