The 427th birthday of the first English person born in the New World was celebrated on Roanoke Island Monday with cake, fried chicken and a production of the Lost Colony with baby actors in honor of Virginia Dare.
This is also a special time for Croatoan Indian Chief Manteo. But is he annually upstaged by baby Dare?
Manteo was a huge benefactor, protector and friend of the Raleigh colonists, and he is recognized as being the first Native American to be baptized as a Christian in the Church of England on Aug. 13, 1587.
In 2008, the 125th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina approved the commemoration of his baptism, along with that of Virginia Dare, on Aug. 17 each year.