Tour: To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom in America
Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30pm
As part of the National Museum of American Jewish History's Pay What You Wish Wednesday Evenings, the Museum is offering a series of thematic tours.
This evening's tour explores faith and freedom in early America by highlighting the historic correspondence between the nation's first president and the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island. The original letter, which underscores the new nation's commitment to religious liberty and equality for people of all faiths, is back on view for the duration of the summer. The tour relates the story about the foundations of religious liberty and explores the experiences of Jewish immigrants as they fought discrimination and achieved victories in the name of tolerance and acceptance. It also provides an opportunity to analyze the progress America has made in the advancement of freedom for all peoples, as well as the work yet to be done.