The Pocahontas Mural tells the story of Pocahontas and how she was able to transcend two worlds: the English and the Powhatan nations. The artist shows the two cultures, treating them both with equal respect and importance. The artist, Michael Kirby, did extensive historical research to portray as accurately as possible the lives of the Indians and the settlers. The mural shows different ways they built their cities, the way they used transportation, how they used the rivers, their forms of canoes or ships, as well as their different beliefs of religion as well as showing the landscape. One scene is of London, while the other scene is of Werowocomoco; both highlight other elements such as their dress. Pocahontas is visible in both the English world and in the Powhatan world, wearing the appropriate clothing of each.
The mural was commissioned by the Cook Foundation in 2006. The Foundation wanted to honor Gloucester’s rich history and place in the colonial heritage of our nation for the 400th anniversary of Jamestown in 2007. The Cook Foundation Board chose muralist Michael Kirby of Maryland to design and execute a mural commemorating the Life and Legend of Pocahontas, our native Virginia Princess. Kirby has trained in Florence, Italy and has experience painting worldwide. The mural was funded by the Cook Foundation and the Main Street Preservation Trust.
More detailed explanations are available at the Gloucester LIbrary in the form of the brochure .