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Featured Photo of the Month: July, 2014

As part of a regular feature on this website, I am going to feature one of my favorite photos each month and talk a little bit about how I got the shot, where it is located and what it means to me. This month's entry is a photo that many of us Rhode Islanders see on a regular basis but might actually never notice: The smallest details at the Rhode Island State House.

As a person who drives by the Rhode Island State House at least a couple of times a week, it always amazes me when I visit the location to take photos because, regardless of how many times I see it or shoot it, I always find something new that I never knew was there.

Case in point: At an unplanned landscape shoot there last month, I saw a couple of statues on the grounds and decided to grab some photos of them. And that's when I noticed the inscription on the building itself.

It says: "To hold forth a lively experiment that a most flourishing cicil state may stand and best be maintained with full liberty in religious concenments."

Now, those words might not mean much to you but when you really think about it, it's fascinating.

Were the words placed when the building was built from 1895-1904? Were they added during the renovation of the late 1990s? Who wrote them? How were the words chosen?

In evaluating the words, it really got me thinking about the history of the state I've lived in for my entire life and, honestly, that was inspiring to me.