“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fort Payne in DeKalb County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)



Sequoyah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
1. Sequoyah Marker
Inscription. Born in Tennessee, Sequoyah moved to Wills Town (DeKalb County, Alabama) area of the Cherokee Nation in 1818.

Here, in 1821, he invented an 86 symbol alphabet providing the Cherokees with the only written Indian language in the United States.

(Sequoyah, Maker Cherokee Alphabet)
Erected 1983 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 26.615′ N, 85° 43.199′ W. Marker is in Fort Payne, Alabama, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Gault Avenue North (U.S. 11) east of 4th Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Union Park near the water fountain. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Payne AL 35968, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wills Town Mission (here, next to this marker); Fort Payne’s Fort (here, next to this marker); Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Boom Town Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Payne Opera House (about 400 feet away); Cherokee Indian Removal (approx.
Sequoyah image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
2. Sequoyah
This portrait of Sequoyah by Henry Inman, after Charles Bird King hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. The original Charles Bird King portrait burned in a fire at the Smithsonian Castle in 1865.

“Born Cherokee town of Tuskegee, eastern Tennessee Sequoyah, the son of a Cherokee chief's daughter and a fur trader from Virginia, was a warrior and hunter and, some say, a silversmith. For twelve years he worked to devise a method of writing for the Cherokee language. His syllabary of eighty-five symbols representing vowel and consonant sounds was approved by the Cherokee chiefs in 1821. The simple utilitarian system made possible a rapid spread of literacy throughout the Cherokee nation. Medicine men set down ceremonies for healing, divination, war, and traditional ball games; missionaries translated hymns and the New Testament into the native language; and in 1828 the Cherokee Phoenix, a weekly bilingual newspaper, began publication at New Echota, Georgia.” — National Portrait Gallery
0.3 miles away); Site of the Willstown Mission (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of Cherokee Council Tree (approx. 10.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Payne.
Also see . . .  Cherokee syllabary (ᏣᎳᎩ / Tsalagi). Omniglot. (Submitted on April 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,260 times since then and 140 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   2. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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