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Anadarko in Caddo County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sequoyah

 
 
Sequoyah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 1, 1996
1. Sequoyah Marker
Inscription.
Cherokee - - - 1764-1843
Artist and tribal leader
Famous inventor of the Cherokee Alphabet
Sculptor Leonard McMurry

 
Erected by National Hall Of Fame For Famous American Indians.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 35° 4.363′ N, 98° 13.62′ W. Marker is in Anadarko, Oklahoma, in Caddo County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 851 East Central Boulevard, Anadarko OK 73005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jim Thorp (within shouting distance of this marker); Pontiac (within shouting distance of this marker); Tecumseh (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Joseph (within shouting distance of this marker); Stand Watie (within shouting distance of this marker); Pocahontas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Regarding Sequoyah. Sequoyah, who also had the white name of George Guess (though he could speak no English), is believed to have been born around 1773 in the portion of the Cherokee Nation that fell in Georgia. He devised a set of written characters and symbols
Sequoyah Commemorative Stamp image. Click for full size.
By Usps, 1980
2. Sequoyah Commemorative Stamp
On Dec. 27, 1980, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 19-cent stamp honoring Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee syllabary. Official first day of issue ceremonies were held Tahlequah, Oklahoma
that could be used to represent spoken syllables in the Cherokee language. His syllabary made possible a written constitution and newspaper -- the Cherokee Phoenix -- for the Cherokees before their forced removal to Oklahoma in 1838 in what was known as the Trail of Tears. Realizing that removal was inevitable, Sequoyah joined a group of Cherokees that migrated to Arkansas in 1822. Sequoyah died near San Fernando, Mexico in 1843.(GeorgiaInfo)
 
Also see . . .
1. Sequoyah, Wikipedia entry. named in English George Gist or Guess, was a Cherokee silversmith (Submitted on March 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Sequoyah in Alabama. (Submitted on March 3, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
3. Site of Cherokee Council Tree where Sequoyah first taught the Cherokee alphabet. (Submitted on March 3, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNative AmericansNotable Persons
 
Sequoyah image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
3. Sequoyah
This c. 1830 portrait of Sequoyah by Henry Inman after Charles Bird King hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“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.

The original portrait of Sequoyah, commissioned by Thomas McKenney and painted by Charles Bird King, was destroyed by the fire that swept through the Smithsonian Castle building in January 1865.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
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