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Plaque Dedicated to Wampanoag People in Southampton

The plaque, which has been added to the city’s Mayflower Memorial, is part of the city’s commitment to include the Wampanoag people in the telling of the Mayflower story

Published on November 11, 2020

Mayflower Memorial Mayflower Memorial in Southampton. Photo: John Sanders

A plaque dedicated to the Wampanoag people has been unveiled in Southampton, as part of the city's ongoing commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing. The new plaque is now part of the Mayflower Memorial, which is located near the harbour in Southampton's Old Town area.

The plaque (image below), reads: "In memory of the Wampanoag of Patuxet who perished in the "Great Dying" plague of 1616 to 1619 introduced by European and English invaders. The decimated village of Patuxet - a graveyard - was settled by the pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. They renamed the village Plymouth County".

Southampton has, like many locations involved in Mayflower 400 commemorations, been engaging with the history of the Wampanoag people, helping to make sure their story is told. November is Native American History Month, and the plaque is part of a series of projects aimed at raising awareness of the story of Native Americans, and educating people about the history.

To mark the month, Wampanoag people have co-curated school materials for UK students, which offer perspectives from both Native Americans and Europeans relating to the Mayflower. These resources are free to download here: mayflower400southampton.co.uk/resources/education-resources.

Further projects and insights from the Wampanoag people can be found at mayflower400southampton.co.uk/events-and-workshops/a-passport-to-wampanoag-culture

The Mayflower and the true story of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Also this month, as part of Southampton Film Week, free tickets can also be booked for a virtual screening and Q&A following the story of Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins. Hopkins had previously traveled to North America before the Mayflower, sailing on board a Jamestown-bound ship that was wrecked on Bermuda. The story of that ship inspired Shakespeare's play The Tempest. More details on that event can be found at southamptonfilmweek.com/event/stephano-the-true-story-of-shakespeares-shipwreck-and-virtual-qa

For more details on how Southampton is marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower, go to mayflower400southampton.co.uk


Plaque to the Wampanoag People Plaque to the Wampanoag people. Photo courtesy Southampton Council


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