Children's Jamestown Memorial
The Children's Jamestown Memorial has put God back in Jamestown. While promoters of Jamestown's 400th birthday celebrations several years ago did their best to edit God out--eliminating any mention of Him and calling the settling of Jamestown "an invasion," one Christian group honored the occasion with a monument paid for by $1 donations from thousands of children.
The Children's Jamestown Monument was dedicated June 15, 2007 during events held by Vision Forum Ministries. The monument is a 4-sided structure featuring the Fifth Commandment ("Honor your mother and father that thy days may be long") and a sculpture of the Bible open to Psalm 78.
Doug Phillips, Vision Forum founder and organizer of the Jamestown Quadricentennial: A Celebration of America's Providential History, said the monument was their answer to the official editing of Christianity from Jamestown history.
"This year, those involved with the official commemoration have chosen not to erect a significant marker to Jamestown's legacy, even as they have banned the word 'celebration' from their event. We believe we have much to celebrate, and we are honored by the $1 donations that the grateful children of America have given to fill this void and support the Jamestown Children's Memorial," Phillips said.
The monument standw on the grounds of Sherwood Forest, former home of John Tyler, America's 10th president, and one of the James River plantations. It is also the original location of the location of Fort Pocahontas. Sherwood Forest's current owner, Harrison Tyler, is a descendent of both Pocahontas and John Tyler.
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