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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.
Memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon (1700–1736)
H 100 x W 265 x D 184 cm
commissioned by Southwark Cathedral and the Mohegan Tribe from Connecticut USA
22nd November 2006
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