400th Pil­grim an­niver­sary in 2020

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE -

BOS­TON — Na­tive Amer­i­can lead­ers are team­ing up with groups in the U.S., Bri­tain and the Nether­lands to en­sure next year’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 400th an­niver­sary of the Pil­grim land­ing show­cases the harsh legacy of col­o­niza­tion.

Events are planned in all three coun­tries in 2020 to re­flect on the Pil­grims’ ar­rival in 1620 in what is now Mas­sachusetts.

Or­ga­niz­ers re­cently gath­ered at the New Eng­land His­tor­i­cal Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety to firm up plans for year­long re­mem­brances of the Mayflower’s voy­age — and the dis­ease, racism and op­pres­sion na­tive peo­ple suf­fered af­ter the Eu­ro­pean set­tlers ar­rived.

Wam­panoag ac­tivist Paula Peters said the tribal per­spec­tive is get­ting “a lot of sup­port.”

Past com­mem­o­ra­tions have glossed over the suf­fer­ing.

“We’ve been marginal­ized and san­i­tized,” Peters said. “This isn’t about restora­tive jus­tice. We’re not go­ing to get that. But I feel like we’re be­ing given an am­ple plat­form to tell our story.”

Com­mem­o­ra­tions also are planned in Bri­tain and the Nether­lands, where the Pil­grims spent more than a decade be­fore sail­ing to the New World.

“This project ex­plores cen­turies of shared his­tory be­tween Bri­tain, Hol­land and Amer­ica,” said Charles Hack­ett, CEO of Mayflower 400, which is or­ga­niz­ing events in Bri­tain. British or­ga­niz­ers hope to draw vis­i­tors there and “in­crease aware­ness of this piv­otal event,” Hack­ett said.

Michele Pec­o­raro, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of non­profit Ply­mouth 400, said the 2020 com­mem­o­ra­tion will dif­fer markedly from the 350th an­niver­sary in 1970, when the Na­tive Amer­i­can voice was largely a foot­note.

AP 2016

Spec­ta­tors watch as the Mayflower II, the 1957 replica of the ship that car­ried the Pil­grims to Mas­sachusetts in 1620, ar­rives in Ply­mouth, Mass.

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