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With the coming of so many Huguenots to Stafford, George Mason, along with three other Staffordians ()

 

George Brent also helped to lay the foundation for new ideas of

liberty, petitioning for and receiving from King James II a Grant of

Religious Freedom in his lands, whether Protestant, French Huguenot, or

Roman Catholic. This was a radical idea in this colony dominated by

the Church of England. Today (cutting to live action here) this nearly forgotten

but seminal event is commemorated by a bronze Crucifix that has stood since