New statewide education campaign to focus on Roger Williams

Rhode Island RI State House

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s founding father and theologian Roger Williams is the inspiration behind a new statewide education initiative.

The Rhode Island Foundation plans to unveil The Roger Williams Initiative on Tuesday.

Its mission is to give students and teachers online educational tools about Williams, the religious dissident who settled Providence in 1636 after being expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Philanthropists Letitia and John Carter are funding the initiative. It will be managed by the Providence-based nonprofit foundation.

The group is also awarding up to $240,000 in college scholarships.

Gov. Gina Raimondo is among the state’s leaders planning to attend an event to launch the initiative on Tuesday at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence.