Dedication of Sowams Heritage Area Historic Marker

The front lawn of the First Congregational Church in Bristol was filled with parishioners after the Palm Sunday service on April 10. The long-awaited dedication of the Sowams Heritage Area historic marker, erected in front of the church, brought out members of all ages on a lovely, sunny spring day.

Dr. David Weed, representing the Sowams Heritage Area organization, thanked the church for welcoming the installation of the historic marker on its property. He described the role of the project in the creation of 53 markers all around Rhode Island and Massachusetts, stretching from Providence down to Bristol and east as far as Swansea. These markers trace different aspects of the history of the Pokanoket indigenous people who lived in the Sowams area for thousands of years before Europeans came to the Narragansett shores, as well as the first steps of the 17th century colonial occupation.

You’ll find a web page from the marker installation event at

It includes a link to an eight-minute video at

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