Search

Events planned to mark Pocahontas’ 400th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 16:32 21 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:32 21 June 2016

Statue of Pocahontas at St George's churchyard

Statue of Pocahontas at St George's churchyard

Archant

The famous Native American was buried in Gravesend in 1617

Talks, education projects and tours are among events planned to mark the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ burial in Gravesend.

The Native American chief’s daughter was captured by the English in 1613, married tobacco planter John Rolfe and became a celebrity after travelling to England.

She died in Gravesend in 1617 after boarding a ship back to Virginia, having contracted a serious illness, and was buried in St George’s churchyard.

Gravesham Council launched the events programme yesterday (June 20) on the MV Balmoral, which was moored at the Town Pier Pontoon, at a ceremony hosted by mayor Greta Goatley.

Talks have already been planned on topics such as women and gender at the time of Pocahontas, and Gravesend and Kent at the time of Pocahontas.

There will be Gravesend Heritage riverside tours and visits to St George’s Church led by local historians and guides from summer 2016 onwards.

A new drama about Pocahontas is being created by up-and-coming playwright and Royal Shakespeare Company actor Kieran Knowles, entitled Gravesend.

Plans have also been put in place for a talking statue project, so that visitors to the Pocahontas statue in Gravesend can use smartphone technology to hear her tell her own story.

Lead member for heritage, tourism and young people councillor Jordan Meade said: “We want to give due recognition to Pocahontas’ historic and cultural significance within the economic and religious context of her time. This will all lead into a commemorative service at St George’s Church next year on 21 March 2017.

“We really want to highlight the key events of the months leading up to Pocahontas’ death and to retell Pocahontas’ story to today’s generation.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Gravesend Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Gravesend Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Gravesend Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News

Yesterday, 10:37

Dozens of residents are having their fitness levels monitored for a year as part of a new project

Yesterday, 09:40

An entrepreneur who secured an exclusive top prize at last year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards has spoken of the “amazing” effect it has had on his charity.

Thu, 14:35

Traffic has also been bad on the M20 London-bound, A249 southbound, and A229 southbound as a result

Thu, 12:44

The Unviersity of Kent student was killed on June 29 near the Dockside Outlet Centre

Most read

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Gravesend Reporter e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder