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Pageant Exhibition Panel 14 - Capture of the Colonists
TitlePageant Exhibition Panel 14 - Capture of the Colonists
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SubjectKing Philip's War, 1675-1676; Massachusetts--Colonial period--1650-1675; Lancaster (Mass.)--History--1670-1680--Drama; Fourth of July celebrations--Massachusetts--Lancaster; Library exhibits--Massachusetts--Lancaster; Indians of North America--Massachusetts--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775; Native Americans; Indians of North America--Nashaway
DescriptionThe capture of the colonists at the Rowlandson blockhouse during Episode 3, Massacre by the Indians, in the Lancaster, Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July Pageant. Three young woman in the center are shown grouped together and crying, a dead colonist lays at their feet. There are two members of the Nashaway tribe who are shown trying to secure them, while another picks up guns. The attack occurred on February 10, 1676 during King Phillip's War, also called Metacom's War or Metacom's Rebellion, which took place from 1675-76 between Native Americans and Colonists and their Native American Allies in Southern New England. Metacom, known as King Phillip to the English, was the grand Sachem of the Wampanoag Confederacy. The photograph is mounted on heavy cardboard and has text describing the activity and history depicted in the photograph. The text for this image has been transcribed.
TranscriptionPageant at Lancaster, Massachusetts, July 4, 1912. MASSACRE "No sooner were we out of the house, but my brother-in-law fell down dead, whereat the Indians scornfully shouted and hallooed. The bullets flying thick, one went through my side, and the same (as it would seem) through the bowels and hand of my poor child. Thus were we butchered by those merciless heathens, standing amazed, with the blood running down to our heels." Narrative of Mrs. Rowlandson
CreatorSears, Richard
ContributorsThayer Memorial Library
TypeImage, Text
SourceImage is the fourteenth photograph in the Lancaster Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July Pageant Exhibition created by the Thayer Memorial Library.
RelationFrom the archives at the Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, Massachusetts.
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