Mayflower Society receives donation of Pilgrim Embarkation folk painting

Ms. June Ayres of Worcester, MA recently donated a folk painting of the Pilgrim Embarkation from Plymouth on 6 September 1620. 

Rendered by artist Albert E. Clayton of Plymouth, England for the 350th anniversary in 1970, June purchased it while on a return trip to Plymouth, where she grew up.

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During his visit with Ms. Ayres, Executive Director Dr. Walter Powell heard some compelling stories of June's childhood in Plymouth during WWII, where she became one of hundreds of local children evacuated to more rural parts of England because of the threat of German bombing.

She also observed that she shared the Pilgrim's gratitude in finding a new life in America, and like the Pilgrims, the importance of faith in her journey. She learned of the Mayflower Society during a recent bus trip to Cape Cod, and felt  the painting would be especially meaningful to our members. It will ultimately be on display in the Member Welcome area of the Mayflower Society House apartment. Thank you for the fine addition to our collection, June!

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