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Memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon (1700–1736)
Memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon (1700–1736)
Memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon (1700–1736)
Memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon (1700–1736)
Memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon (1700–1736)

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In 1736 Mahomet Weyonomon, a Mohegan Sachem (chief), died in Aldermanbury in the City of London. He was 36 years old. Foreigners could not be buried in the City, so he was carried across the river and buried near St Saviour’s Church, now Southwark Cathedral. The exact location of the grave is unknown. Mahomet’s presence in London was the result of injustice and exploitation. His tribe had helped the first settlers in New England survive the bitter cold and repel Indian attacks. The Mohegans became allies of the English, but settlers began to steal tribal lands. Despite support for the Mohegan cause from Queen Anne’s Commissioners in 1705, the lands were not returned. Mohomet sailed to London in 1735 with three supporters to petition King George II for the return of the stolen lands.

Title

Memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon (1700–1736)

Date

2006

Medium

granite

Measurements

H 100 x W 265 x D 184 cm

Accession number

SE1_AS_S110

Acquisition method

commissioned by Southwark Cathedral and the Mohegan Tribe from Connecticut USA

Work type

Sculpture

Owner

Southwark Cathedral

Custodian

Southwark Cathedral

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

22nd November 2006

Access

time restrictions apply

Access note

churchyard opening times

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Located at

Cathedral Street, Southwark

SE1 9AW

Located in Southwark Cathedral Churchyard, at the south east corner by the railings.