(1975) Pilgrams aboard the Mayflower, now free to worship as their conscience dictated, sign the famous Mayflower Compact before landing in Plymouth in 1620. The Compact was an agreement for the temporary government of the colony by the will of the majority and contained a short set of laws establishing certain concepts of religious freedom. This engraving by George E. Perine is based on a painting by Edwin White and is reproduced courtesy of Kennedy Galleries, New York. Religion News Service file photo

(1975) Pilgrams aboard the Mayflower, now free to worship as their conscience dictated, sign the famous Mayflower Compact before landing in Plymouth in 1620. The Compact was an agreement for the temporary government of the colony by the will of the majority and contained a short set of laws establishing certain concepts of religious freedom. This engraving by George E. Perine is based on a painting by Edwin White and is reproduced courtesy of Kennedy Galleries, New York. Religion News Service file photo