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Pageant Exhibition Panel 15 - Mary Rowlandson encourages the others
TitlePageant Exhibition Panel 15 - Mary Rowlandson encourages the others
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SubjectRowlandson, Mary White, ca. 1635-1711; King 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
DescriptionMary Rowlandson encouraging the other colonists during Episode 3, Massacre by the Indians, in the Lancaster, Massachusetts 1912 Fourth of July Pageant. The attack on Lancaster occurred on February 10, 1676 during the King Phillip's War between Native Americans and the English and their Native American allies. In the photograph Mrs. Rowlandson, played by Mrs. J.C.L. Clark, has her hands tied behind her back, but still encourages the others in her care. Two Nashaway tribe members lay dead to the side, while another comes toward the women with a hatchet. Smoke can be seen in the air. Mary Rowlandson was held captive for eleven weeks and five days before she was ransomed for twenty pounds by John Hoar of Concord at Redemption Rock near Mount Wachusett in Princeton, Massachusetts on May 2, 1676. Mary Rowlandson wrote a book on her experiences entitled, "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson." 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 "Oh: the doleful sight that now was to behold at this house! Of thirty-seven persons who were in this one house, none escaped either present death, or a bitter captivity, save only one. There were twelve killed, some shot, some stabbed with their spears, some knocked down with their hatchets. It is a solemn sight to see so many Christians lying in their blood, some here and some there, like a company of sheep torn by wolves." Narrative of Mrs. Rowlandson. Mrs. Rowlandson encourages the others by her brave demeanor. The Indians tie their victims, tear clothing and valuables from the dead, and then drive the cattle and their hapless victims before them off the scene. Mr. Rowlandson, Captain Kerley, and Mr. Drew arrive too late, after all is over, and can do nothing but pick up the dad, and take them from the scene.
CreatorSears, Richard
ContributorsThayer Memorial Library
TypeImage, Text
SourceImage is the fifteenth 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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