Irish town built a memorial to thank Native Americans who helped during Famine
A sculpture of nine eagle feathers will be installed in Bailic Park, in Midleton, Co Cork to thank the Choctaw Indians for their kindness and support during the Great Irish Famine.
Despite the oppression faced by the Choctaws in the years preceding the famine, on hearing of the plight and hunger of the Irish people in 1847, they raised $170 to send to the Irish people and ease their suffering. This figure is equivalent to tens of thousands of Dollars in today’s currency.T
he sculpture, consisting of nine giant, stainless steel eagle feathers, is currently being completed by cork sculptor Alex Pentek. Speaking to the Irish examiner, Pentek says, “I wanted to show the courage, fragility and humanity that they displayed in my work.”