With construction on track, the foundation announced that the statues of four notable women have been fully funded. According to news reports, two women donated a total of $200,000 specifically for Cockacoeske. The foundation held a photo shoot last month to start the process for creating the statues. The model for Cockacoeske is shown holding a depiction of the signed treaty. Voices from the Garden will eventually feature 12 statues of notable women. It's located on Capitol Square in Richmond, not far from Mantle, the monument to the original tribal nations in Virginia, which is now open to the public.
A model depicting Cockacoeske is shown holding the 1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation. Photo: Virginia Capital Foundation
The April dedication came after six tribes won federal recognition through an act of Congress in January. They joined the Pamunkey Tribe, whose recognition was finalized in 2016 through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Pamunkey Reservation, located about an hour east of Richmond, was recognized in the 1677 treaty. Most tribal citizens live in the area. Biographical information about Cockacoeske, provided by the Virginia Women’s Monument Commission, follows:
Cockacoeske (fl. 1656- d. 1686) Jamestown.Read More on the Story:
Cockacoeske, (pronounced Coke a cow ski) was a Pamunkey chief, and descendant of Opechancanough, brother of the paramount chief Powhatan. Upon the death of her husband Totopotomoy, chief of the Pamunkey circa 1649-1656, Cockacoeske became queen of the Pamunkey. In 1676, a few months before Bacon's Rebellion, the insurrection's leader Nathaniel Bacon and his followers attacked the Pamunkey, killing some of Cockacoeske’s people and taking others captive. An astute politician, Cockacoeske signed the Treaty of Middle Plantation on May 29, 1677, reuniting, under her authority, several tribes that had not been under Powhatan domination since 1646, as well as establishing the Pamunkey Reservation. Cockacoeske ruled the Pamunkey for 30 years until her death in 1686.
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