Pocahontas statue re-listed to mark anniversary of death

The Gravesend statue has been re-listed Credit: ITV Meridian

The statue of Pocahontas at the Church of St George in Gravesend has had its listed status updated to commemorate 400 years since her death.

The Grade II life-size bronze statue has also had its entry on the heritage list updated to include a full description of her life and role in English and American history.

The story of how she saved John Smith has been memorialised and passed down for years. But her story didn't end there, after Smith left Jamestown Pocahontas was captured, she then converted to Christianity and later married the colonist John Rolfe, becoming known as Rebecca Rolfe.

With him, she travelled more than 3,000 miles to England in 1616. In March 1617, she died in Gravesend, Kent, at the beginning of the return leg to Virginia.

The statue in Gravesend is a copy of a sculpture in Jamestown. It was given by the governor of Virginia to the British people 50 years ago on the 350th anniversary of her death. It was first listed in 1975.

The exact location of Pocahontas' burial is unknown as the medieval Church of St George burned down in 1727.

It is thought she lies beneath the rebuilt Georgian church, which is Grade II* listed.

"Pocahontas is remembered for her forging of ties between two very different cultures. This monuments is a physical reminder of her story, those of the English setting sail to the New World, and our shared colonial past and we are pleased to mark its importance on the National Heritage List for England."

– Debbie Mays, head of listing at Historic England