Publication Date

January 31, 2023

Perspectives Section

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

It is certainly past time to erect memorials to the enslaved people who built so many institutions of higher learning, but I was appalled at how Jody Lynn Allen simply brushed aside the place where William & Mary now stands as “what the Native people called Tsenacommacah” in “Changing the Landscape” (November 2022). In other words, this memorial was erected on stolen land—in this case the land of the Powhatan Confederacy. Their homeland spanned 10,000 square miles, and the word Tsenacommacah means densely inhabited land. Only a remnant of the Powhatan remains. Don’t they deserve some recognition too?

Burden S. Lundgren
Norfolk, Virginia

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