Mayflower 400 in Harleston
2020 marks the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America. Celebrations are taking place throughout major towns and cities across England to commemorate the occasion. Harleston had a role in this significant chapter in world history.
There were a mere 102 passengers on board the Mayflower ship, and four of them came from Harleston. There were only 41 signatories to the the legal document, created to establish their rules of governance. This was called the ‘Compact’ and became the foundation for the American Constitution. Two of the signatories were from Harleston, Samuel and Edward Fuller. You may see references to them in street names.
Harleston have joined the international celebrations and will promote Harleston as a wonderful place to visit and live. There will be a programme of events and activities . The international celebrations begin in November this year at Thanksgiving, and run until Thanksgiving 2020.
We will provide regular updates on these activities and articles about Mayflower, the Pilgrims and their journey.
Look out for the logo to find official 'Mayflower 400 in Harleston' events and activities. These have been approved by Harleston's Future and are part of our Harleston programme.
American singer, songwriter and artist, Jeffery Lewis, presents the Mayflower history with this wonderful song and comic book illustrations.
From the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving Europe to the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, this short video provides a quick and entertaining summary of the Mayflower.