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Pocahontas anniversary project gets £18,000 lottery funding boost

PUBLISHED: 12:02 12 September 2016

The statue of Pocahontas in Gravesend

The statue of Pocahontas in Gravesend

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The project will feature talks, creative art sessions and community engagement activities

A project to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ arrival and death in Gravesend has been awarded a £18,500 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The Pocahontas 400 project will feature a high profile programme of events and community engagement activities to celebrate the life of the Native American, who married English settler John Rolfe and travelled to England in 1616.

A river procession, parade and commemorative service in St George’s Church on March 21, 2017, will be held to mark the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ burial in the town following her untimely death.

Gravesham council says the funding boost will draw attention to Pocahontas’ historic and cultural significance within the economic and religious context of her time.

Cabinet member for tourism and heritage councillor Jordan Meade said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Pocahontas 400 project will commemorate the unique story of Pocahontas’ time in England from 1616 -1617 and how her arrival and untimely death at Gravesend has been embedded in the unique history of the town.”

The head of the HLF in the sout- east, Stuart McLeod, said: “Pocahontas is a figure we’re all familiar with but less is known about her time spent in England and her connection to Gravesend.

“This 400th anniversary is a fitting moment to look again at this famous story and consider its impact on us today. We’re delighted to be supporting this project with money raised by National Lottery players.”

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