First Baptist Church in America
Providence's First Baptist Church was constructed between 1774 and 1775 by a congregation first founded by Roger Williams in 1638. Church divisions and the belief that lavish church facilities were a sign of vanity thwarted previous efforts towards building a substantial church edifice. By the mid-1770s, a more unified congregation and an acceptance that a substantial meeting hall was necessary and proper led to the construction of this building.
Backstory and Context
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James, Sydney V. "Ecclesiastical Authority in the Land of Roger Williams." The New England Quarterly 57, no. 3 (1984): 323-46. doi:10.2307/365579.
Lemons, J Stanley. "The Browns and the Baptists." Rhode Island History, 67, no. 2, (2009) 75-82. http://www.rihs.org/assetts/files/publications/2009_SumFall.pdf
First Baptist Church in America: Picture by Daniel Case, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3987381
2012 Picture: Found at a blog, https://steveawiggins.com/tag/ebenezer/