Top: Taken on September 1, 1935. A vehicle-bicycle accident in which a 17-year old boy named Harold Newman was killed.
Bottom: Taken by me in the same location, September 1, 2012. 77 years later
Location: The corner of Park and Kempton Street of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Source of first photo.
map of New Bedford, 1876
Great Swamp Fight Memorial
Although this was not a “fight” it is labeled so in the history books. The memorial was originally put in place to honor four military men who during the time of King Philip’s War led an army of soldiers into a village where 500 women, children and elderly of the Narragansett and Wampanoag nation were sleeping. In the dead of night, this village and it’s innocent inhabitants were brutally massacred. The Narragansett, upset that four monuments had been erected for these four murderers then requested that they add a monument to the place. The larger middle stone is the result. The stones are placed in the area on or close to the actual site of the massacre. Once a year, members of the local Narragansett and Wampanoag community gather for a memorial service at the site.
A cool video about the city I grew up in.