From: Cainestown
Date: June 01, 2000

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found on the  Olive Tree site
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One of the last surviving links to Pilgrim history in Holland is about
to be sliced, diced and bulldozed for urban development-including an
empty square, a shopping center, disco and parking garage. 
The Pilgrims fled to Amsterdam in 1608 to escape religious persecution
in their native England, and moved to Leiden the following year. From
1620 to 1629, the community emigrated to North America on the Mayflower
and other ships. At stake are the ruins of the Church of Our Lady (in
Dutch, the "Vrouwekerk").
Not only is the Vrouwekerk sacred to the descendants of the Pilgrims,
but is also the church from which some of New York City's first families
emigrated in 1622. The Church of Our Lady dates from the 14th century;
the Huguenots began to worship there in 1584. Huguenot refugees fled in
large numbers from France to the Netherlands during periods of
anti-Protestant persecution in the 16th and 17th centuries.
A petition to express your concerns is available at
http://ucc.org/pilgrims. News about the campaign to save the church is
available at http://www.delanoye.org/Vrouwenkerk.cfm.

"...Peace and blessins' manifest With every lesson learned...."~Erykah
Badu, JaBorn Jamal~

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