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Pageant Exhibition Panel 16 - Mary Rowlandson taken away
TitlePageant Exhibition Panel 16 - Mary Rowlandson taken away
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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 and her daughter being marched away by the Nashaway Indian Tribe 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, her daughter, played by Adella Webster, and Rebeccah Rugg, played by Jessie Hair, are shown being led away by a Nashaway tribe member carrying a hatchet. 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 "The Indians laid hold of us, pulling me one way, and the children another, and said, "Come, go along with us." I told them they would kill me' they answered, if I were willing to go along with them, they would not hurt me. I often before this said, that if the Indians should come, I should choose rather to be killed by them, than taken alive; but when it came to the trial, my mind changed; their glittering weapons so daunted my spirits that I choose rather to go along with those (as I may say) ravenous bears, than that morning to end my days." Narrative of Mrs. Rowlandson. The attack on Lancaster was made Feb. 10, 1676, and Mrs. Rowlandson was ransomed, through the influence of John Hoar on May 2, after traveling many miles with the Indians, and camping in twenty different places.
CreatorSears, Richard
ContributorsThayer Memorial Library
TypeImage, Text
SourceImage is the sixteenth 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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