Some will mourn in protest of holiday

November 26, 1998|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

For a group of 40 Marylanders, today won't be a day of thanksgiving -- it will be day of mourning.

The group plans to join an estimated 500 people in Plymouth, Mass., to commemorate the National Day of Mourning -- a protest of Thanksgiving Day. Native Americans use the day to honor their ancestors and their struggle to survive in America.

"Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the pilgrims and other European settlers," said Sharon Ceci, a spokeswoman for the All People's Congress, which helped organized the Maryland group's trip to Plymouth today. "To them Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their land and the relentless assault on their culture."

Last year's event in Plymouth ended with the arrest of 25 demonstrators, who were charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly after they began marching through the historic area of the town without a permit. All charges were later dropped.

This year, the demonstrators have a permit and plan to have a parade through the town.

Chief Robert Pomeroy, head of the Plymouth Police Department, said he did not expect any problems this year.

To show support for the event, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution Monday night, officially recognizing today as the National Day of Mourning.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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