Sunday, March 15, 2015

Irish town builds memorial to thank Native Americans who helped during Famine

Sculpture thanking the Choctaw Nation in Cork. Photo by Irish Examiner.

"A sculpture of nine eagle feathers will be installed in Bailic Park, in Midleton, Co Cork to thank the Choctaw Indians for their kindness and support during the Great Irish Famine.

Despite the oppression faced by the Choctaws in the years preceding the famine, on hearing of the plight and hunger of the Irish people in 1847, they raised $170 to send to the Irish people and ease their suffering. This figure is equivalent to tens of thousands of dollars in today’s currency."
The story of the Choctaws' charity has resonated with me since I first read about it.



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