John Baskerville

On this date in 1706, John Baskerville was born. The famous English printer, who produced the "Baskerville Bible" in 1763, was a freethinker. He instructed that he wished to be buried in unconsecrated ground, and composed his own freethinking epitaph. By interesting coincidence, the typeface used by Freethought Today, the publication of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is Baskerville Times. D. 1775.

“Emancipate thy mind from the idle fears of Superstition and the wicked arts of Priesthood.”

—John Baskerville's self-composed tombstone inscription (1775)

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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