New Anglo-American Scholarship Fund Supports Wampanoag Culture
A member of the University of Plymouth in England was the first awardee of a Anglo-American Scholarship fund established to support the study of the culture of the Native Americans known as the Wompanoag. The student, Dr. Helen Cunningham, spent time in New England in 2019 investigating the Wampanoag culture including its monetary system. Her findings are being used to help develop the exhibition about the Wampanoag people that is being staged at the Box Museum in Plymouth, England this spring.
“We hope that this is the first of many awards,” said Randal Charlton, the president of the Charlton Foundation, the non-profit group behind the new scholarship fund. He added “This fund is set up to honor my father Warwick Charlton, who was passionate about the importance of building and strengthening Anglo American relations.”
“In 1957 my father, who was a man of modest means, somehow raised the funds to build a replica of the Mayflower. He then sailed his ship-Mayflower ll- from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts and gave it to the American people. He made this extraordinary gesture to the American people for their support in two world wars and what he saw as their critical role is supporting freedom and democracy around the world. He has always dreamed of this scholarship.”
The Charlton Foundation is looking for partners to expand the scholarship fund. They are seeking groups that share the goal of building strong and enduring Anglo American relations. “My father believed that the contributions of the Wampanoag Nation were never fully understood and valued. Their support and sacrifice laid the foundation for the future United States. “
To learn more about The Charlton Foundation contact Randal Charlton via email at Randal.Charlton@comcast.net . He is author of Warwick Charlton’s biography, “The Wicked Pilgrim – The True Story of the Englishman Who Gave Mayflower II to America.”