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Parade commemorating Pocahontas’ life and death in Gravesend takes place this afternoon

PUBLISHED: 09:38 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:39 21 March 2017

Pocahontas statue outside St George's Church

Pocahontas statue outside St George's Church

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The parade will finish at St George’s Church, where she is buried

A commemorative parade is being held today to mark the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ death in Gravesend.

The parade will begin at the St Andrew’s Arts Centre at 1.30pm and will proceed up the High Street, down Jury Street and then down to the church where she is buried, so those taking part can see the Pocahontas statue.

A peace tree made of colurful feathers and created by local artist, Jo Dyer from Animate Arts, will also be on display, as it is the symbol most associated with Pocahontas. At the end of the parade it will be handed over to a delagation from Virginia, where Pocahontas originated from.

Ms Dyer said: “We are so delighted to return and work in Gravesend on this project. It is an absolute honour to create an artwork with the community in celebration of Pocahontas and all the community-minded values that she represented. We feel really passionate about bringing people together through our work.”

The parade is part of the Pocahontas 400 project which includes a series of activities such as talks by local historians and academic lecturers, art workshops, and a visit from former American Ambassador Matthew Barzun.

The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery, Arts Council England, and Celebrate England Funding.

Cabinet member for tourism and heritage, Jordan Meade said: “The Pocahontas 400 project was launched in June 2016 and has already gone some way to commemorating the unique story of Pocahontas’ time in England from 1616 -1617 but we have more still to come. We really want to highlight the key events of the months leading up to Pocahontas’ death and to retell Pocahontas’ story for today’s generation.”

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