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Weʼre raising £550 to help fund a blue plaque for Roger Conant, founder of Salem, Massachusetts, born in East Budleigh around 400 years ago

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We want to honour Roger Conant, one of Devon's unsung heroes, with a blue plaque in the village of East Budleigh, where he was born. He crossed the Atlantic and founded the city of Salem in Massachusetts in 1626. Previously he acted as a peacemaker and helped to prevent bloodshed and a possible civil war between settlers in New England as seen in this painting. It shows Roger Conant in a famous episode of 1625, was created specially by Budleigh artist John Washington and is entitled 'Blessed are the Peacemakers'.

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  • Michael Downes2 months ago
    Michael Downes

    Michael Downes

    2 months ago

    And another by Exmouth Journal's senior reporter Philippa Davies at https://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/east-budleigh-plans-blue-plaque-for-roger-conant-8765980

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  • Michael Downes2 months ago
    Michael Downes

    Michael Downes

    2 months ago

    Nice write-up by the Devon History Society https://www.devonhistorysociety.org.uk/news/a-blue-plaque-for-east-budleigh-born-peacemaker/

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  • Michael Downes2 months ago
    Michael Downes

    Michael Downes

    2 months ago

    The title of John Washington's painting and the idea of the blue plaque to commemorate Roger Conant the Peacemaker seem more meaningful each day with the terrible news from Ukraine.

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Page last updated on: 3/27/2022 19.32

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  • Catherine Allen

    Catherine Allen

    Mar 27, 2022

    I'll look forward to seeing the plaque on my October 26, 2022 visit to East Budleigh with the "Following the Footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh" tour.

    £40.00

  • Jeffrey Dauzat

    Jeffrey Dauzat

    Mar 15, 2022

    As a resident of Beverly Massachusetts I'm actually rather glad he wasn't successful in his name change attempt but to make for that, I'm glad to support the addition of a plaque in his honor.

    £40.00

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    Mar 10, 2022

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  • Anthea Downes

    Anthea Downes

    Mar 4, 2022

    £20.00

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