126 years before the US Constitution, John Clarke risked treason during tumultuous times to win Religious Freedom & Civil Liberties from King Charles II for Rhode Island Colony.
Soul Freedoms, the Life of John Clarke, America’s Forgotten Patriot is a Full Feature Historical Drama based on real events about one man’s self-sacrificing dedication to right the wrongs stemming from his own religious persecutions and witnessing the same of others.
John Clarke (1609-1676) was a highly educated physician, Baptist Minister, statesman & philanthropist. He sailed to Boston from England to seek a place where one could practice their faith without fear of persecution.
In 1651 Dr Clarke was arrested with two others, jailed and sentenced to 20 lashes on the whipping post for holding a “unlawful service”. Dr Clarke was resonate that no man or government entity had the right to govern, convict or silence anyone for their religious beliefs.
As Agent for the Colony of RI he sailed back to England and spent 12 years in London representing the Colony’s interests. His dedication & perseverance paid off, he wrote & secured the Royal Charter of 1663 from King Charles II which granted Religious Freedom & Civil Liberties for the Colony of RI.
Dr. John Clarke’s accomplishment was unprecedented, even more remarkable he persevered through respect, diplomacy, humility and grace never saying an unkind word or negative action towards his adversaries or persecutors.
Dr. John Clarke’s story and the film’s message will be an inspiration how through heart driven focus and positive action it is possible to live together in peace and prosperity regardless of differing beliefs and without overreaching government interference.
After months of research and development our goal is to share Dr. John Clarke’s story through a Full Feature Film Historical Drama, Illustrated Children’s Book, Historical Chapter Book and Online Educational Resources. Please support our Project by donating through the film’s Network For Good Donation Page. All donations are Tax Deductible.