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Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

“The Indian Fires Are Going Out”

 
 
“The Indian Fires Are Going Out” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
1. “The Indian Fires Are Going Out” Marker
Inscription. The Trail of Tears led thousands of Creek Indians through Tuscaloosa, capital of Alabama in 1836. Chief Eufaula addressed the legislature with these words:

"I come here, brothers, to see the great house of Alabama and the men who make laws and say farewell in brotherly kindness before I go to the far west, where my people are now going. In time gone by I have thought that the white men wanted to bring burden and ache of heart among my people in driving them from their homes and yoking them with laws they do not understand. But I have now become satisfied that they are not unfriendly toward us, but that they wish us well. In these lands of Alabama, which have belonged to my forefathers and where their bones lie buried, I see that the Indian fires are going out. Soon they will be cold. New fires are lighting in the west for us, they say, and we will go there. I do not believe our great Father means to harm his red children, but that he wishes us well. We leave behind our good will to the people of Alabama who build the great houses and to the men who make the laws. This is all I have to say."
 
Erected 2002 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location.
“The Indian Fires Are Going Out” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
2. “The Indian Fires Are Going Out” Marker
33° 12.593′ N, 87° 34.461′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is on 28th Avenue south of 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on the north side of Capitol Park. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The M & O Railroad Trestle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Tavern (about 600 feet away); The Architect (about 700 feet away); Masons Marks (about 700 feet away); Alabama Central Female College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tuscaloosa Second State Capital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clement Comer Clay (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arthur P. Bagby (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
 
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Alabama State Capitol 1826-1846 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 13, 2010
3. Alabama State Capitol 1826-1846
It was within these former walls of the Alabama State Capitol where Chief Eufaula addressed the legislature in 1836.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,264 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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