Historical Bowne House
I was afraid that it was going to rain and get colder. Thank fully it did not. When the class arrived at the Bowne House it was there were cameras and the radio station there. I was afraid that that they would speak to me so I was trying not to be seen, but then I had to hold the placard. I gave up. I astounded that the document that gave religious freedom to America is blocks away from East –West.
Before having this class I had never seen or heard of this Bowne House. But when I visited the House and learned its history I was amazed. The Remonstrance was the precursor to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In On December 27, 1657 the Remonstrance was written by the John Bowne and fellow Quakers to get religious freedom from the intolerant Peter Stuyvesant. Peter Stuyvesant had a good reputation but on the other side he did not let other religions to stay and practice. Without the Remonstrance the first amendment, freedom of religious would not exist in America. John Bowne and 3 others were fined and sent to prison. However John Bowne was exiled to Holland, where he presented the religious persecution to the Dutch West India Company.
The Remonstrance stated that only God can judge people, not man made laws as Stuyvesant had. The Remonstrance is a document is not well known but will soon know because the house will soon be made in to a museum. History of the house is very rich and informative.