Lifelong Learning participants visit multiple sites in the Sowams Heritage Area

More than a dozen participants who recently completed an 8-week Lifelong Learning Collaborative course entitled “Forget Plymouth Rock – It all started right here!” visited numerous sites in the Sowams Heritage Area in order to learn the American origin story from the perspective of the Massasoit Ousamequin and the Indigenous People who welcomed the Pilgrims in early 1621. The course was based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s award-winning book, Mayflower. (Above) The group poses for a photo in front of the Seat of Metacom at Mount Hope in Bristol.

(Above, lleft) The group explores the cemetery in front of the Newman Church in Rumford, RI, where William Carpenter was buried in the Ring of the Green in 1658. (Above, center) Class member Cathy Hurst leads a class about John Sassamon and the causes of King Philip’s War at the Hunts Mills Education Center in East Providence. (Above, right) The group visited the Barrington marker at the location of the first First Baptist Church in Massachusetts, not far from the Myles Garrison marker that they also visited.

(Above, left and center) The group visits Anawan Rock nearby in Rehoboth, MA before looking at a kettle attributed to King Philip at the Carpenter Museum. (Above, right) The group meets at the marker in the the Miery Swamp site at Mt. Hope Farm in Bristol where King Philip was slain, thus ending King Philip’s War in 1676.

(Above) The group looks at a display of the names of enslaved people, including Indigenous people, on a timeline produced by the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society. (Above center and right) Pokanoket Tribal Historian Donald Brown, Jr. talks in the final session of the class held at the Barrington Public Library about the survival of the Pokanoket Tribe, despite numerous efforts to erase them.