Saponi Religious Beliefs Explained Marker, L-53

On 12-15 October 1728, Col. William Byrd II and his party camped just west of here while surveying the Virginia-North Carolina boundary. Bearskin, Byrd's Saponi guide, described his tribe's religious beliefs, which, wrote Byrd in his diary, contained "the three Great Articles of Natural Religion: the Belief of a God; the Moral Distinction betwixt Good and Evil; and the Expectation of Rewards and Punishments in another World." Bearskin's religion also included a Hindu-like belief in reincarnation.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1987
Region: Southside Region
Geographic Location: Danville
Physical Description of Location: Danville, NC 24541. Located on Hwy 29, less than 1/5 of a mile south of the intersection of Hwy 29 and Hwy 58. Marker is on the left when traveling south on Hwy 29.
GPS Location: 36.540971,-79.465364
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