Pictured here is the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. No representatives from Rhode Island are depicted in the painting* as the state refused to send a delegation. Yup, that sounds about right. From the National Archives blog:
In 1781, Rhode Island began acquiring nicknames. American newspapers called it “the perverse sister.” “An evil genius.” The “Quintessence of Villainy.” The name “Rogue Island” stuck all the way to 1787, when the Constitutional Convention began and the small state refused to send delegates. . .
On May 29, 1790, “the rogue’s” persistent efforts to defy the national government finally failed, and it became the last state to ratify the Constitution, more than a year after it went into effect.
You can celebrate Constitution Day at Rogue Island Kitchen and Bar in the Arcade. (Live service as well as take-out.)
One more thing: make sure your voter registration is in order. Our democracy is under attack.
*Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States was executed by artist and illustrator Howard Chandler Christy in 1940.