Pocahontas? Baptized? In the Capitol Rotunda?

Did you know that you can still see Pocahontas being baptized in the Capitol Rotunda?

(Oops. That could be misleading. I’ll try again.)

Did you know that in the Capitol Rotunda you can see a 12×18 foot picture of Pocahontas being baptized?

Baptism of Pocahontas

Click here for a high-quality image and here for a description of all the paintings in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.

Questions:

  • Didn’t Pocahontas sing to trees?
  • Didn’t government officials in the 1830’s realize that a mural of a Christian event from America’s history is inappropriate for public display in a government building?
  • How’d they get Pocahontas into that tiny baptismal tank?

Seriously, now. The painting was commissioned in 1837 as one of four murals commemorating the pre-history of the United States. The artist, Gadsby Chapman, said this of Pocahontas:

“She [Pocahontas] stands foremost in the train of those wandering children of the forest who have at different times—few, indeed, and far between—been snatched from the fangs of a barbarous idolatry, to become lambs in the fold of the Divine Shepherd. She therefore appeals to our religious as well as our patriotic sympathies and is equally associated with the rise and progress of the Christian Church as with the political destinies of the United States.” (more info here)

Interesting, eh? Have a great Independence Day, and pray for our nation! (Last year’s July 4th post is here.)

(HT: Dave Saxton)

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5 Responses

  1. <i># How’d they get Pocahontas into that tiny baptismal tank?</i>
    Now that’s funny … My thoughts before I saw your comment. So I guess that means we think a like … which can’t be good for you.

  2. It’s not a baptismal tank, it’s a baptismal font. You are not immersed in it. Water from it is poured or sprinkled on you.

  3. •Didn’t Pocahontas sing to trees? – NO! That was just a bunch of stupid stuff Disney came up with to make a good movie

    •Didn’t government officials in the 1830’s realize that a mural of a Christian event from America’s history is inappropriate for public display in a government building? – Okay you dont know your US history. The ENTIRE country was religious back then, and it was not wrong to put up something religious. There was only one religion and I wish it was still the same. No athiests, no muslims, no gays, school was associated with God. Much better society. Ours now is way to controversial and Gays, Lesbians, and Athiests are all wrong!

    •How’d they get Pocahontas into that tiny baptismal tank? – They didn’t. And just to tell all of you ignorant buffoons she was very short by todays standards and she was quite ugly.

  4. Well then…moving right along :-)

  5. Mark, remember this when you’re tempted to start a blog. ;)

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