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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we learn how the hunt to memorialize Rhode Island’s founder created one of the state’s strangest and most enduring myths.

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

Statue of Roger Williams.
Statue of Roger Williams. Kenneth C. Zirkel, CC BY-SA 4.0/Wikimedia