The National Geographic Museum is currently displaying the loot of the pirate ship Whydah, which sank in 1717. The ship's pirate captain was Samuel Bellamy, ancestor of Francis Bellamy (1855-1931).
The Whydah and Samuel Bellamy museum is in Provincetown, Mass. Another Bellamy who has a museum dedicated to him is Francis' first cousin, Edward Bellamy (1850-1890). This museum is located in Chicopee, Mass. Edward Bellamy was the leading American socialist of his day.
Ironically, there is no museum in the United States dedicated to Francis Bellamy. Francis Bellamy's Pledge of Allegiance is recited by Congress, by nearly all state legislatures and by most school children. Yet, apparently, there isn't even a room dedicated to him in any of the nation's museums. Why should Samuel Bellamy, the pirate, and Edward Bellamy, the socialist, be honored — but not Francis? Let's have a museum for Francis, too — or at least a room in one of these museums.
JOHN W. BAER
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