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RI marks 350th anniversary of influential charter

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's royal charter is 350 years old this year, and the state is celebrating the anniversary with historical lectures, Statehouse tours and a party.

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday a new one-room Statehouse museum where the influential document will be displayed. Historian John Barry will deliver a lecture on Rhode Island founder Roger Williams.

Later in the day, 104-year-old Elsie Williams, a descendant of the founder, will unveil a new plaque marking the site of William's home.

On Saturday night the Statehouse will host a reception and cocktail party. Tickets for the event will raise money for the preservation of the charter.

The charter was one of the first documents in modern history to set out the principal of religious freedom.

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