“Wellfleet’s Last Indian? Delilah Gibbs and her Contemporaries” with Sheryl Jaffe

Program for Sunday, August 22, 2021

Delilah Sampson Gibbs left us with very few but very intriguing and fascinating records. She is known as a “widow and last of her tribe” in this vicinity. She is a mysterious figure in Wellfleet’s history. Her step-mother-in-law was Patience Gibbs, a Negro woman born in Yarmouth, who lived on Patience Brook. Drusilla Cole Laha was a white woman who was a member of the Congregational church along with Patience. All three women were known as healers of the sick. Women and people of color often have not left us with much historical record. Their lives were often not recorded with diligence, but are worth examination. Sheryl Jaffe’s talk will focus on these women and the story of Delilah’s land.c2

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Sheryl Jaffe has been the coordinator at the Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum for three years. She is also an artist and a teacher, a swimmer and a papermaker. She holds a BA in Multicultural Art Education from the University Without Walls and an MA in Art Education from the University of Massachusetts.