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A Question of Religious Freedom: The 1773 Baptist Preacher Trial (WL)

October 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm


The year is 1773. A minister must obtain an official license from British Crown authorities to preach in public. Archibald Cary, the magistrate of Chesterfield County, is arresting individuals who openly break this law. Citizens across the countryside begin to question the Crown’s authority to regulate religious teachings.

Do British authorities have the right to tell someone how they may practice their religious beliefs? Must an individual pay taxes in support of a church that they do not belong to?

The question comes to trial at Chesterfield Courthouse June 4, 1773… what will be the outcome? Join us in an interactive historical performance of the trial that led us on the path toward our shared religious freedom. Hosted by the Yorktown 250th Anniversary Committee.


Williamsburg Library Theatre
515 Scotland St
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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