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Near Birchwood in Meigs County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

“To Learn and not Forget”

 
 
"To Learn and not Forget" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
1. "To Learn and not Forget" Marker
Inscription. In the spring of 1838, American military forces evicted the Cherokee Nation from its homeland. Nearly 16,000 women, men, and children - including nearly five hundred Muskogee Creek Indians, and slaves belonging to Cherokee owners -- were forced from their houses and fields and marched to Gunter's Landing in Alabama, Ross's Landing and the area around Charleston, Tennessee. From these points they departed for the land designated by the United States as Indian Territory.

"Nearly two-thirds of those driven from their lands followed routes that crossed the Tennessee River here at Blythe Ferry."

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Traces of the route taken by the Cherokee remain across Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Arkansas.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 35° 24.423′ N, 85° 0.383′ W. Marker is near Birchwood, Tennessee, in Meigs County. Marker can be reached from Blythe Ferry Road 2 miles north of Hiwassee Highway (Tennessee Highway 60), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Birchwood TN 37308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Your Fate is Decided"

"To Learn and not Forget" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 2, 2011
2. "To Learn and not Forget" Marker
Marker is second from left in this view.
(here, next to this marker); "Orders No. 25" (here, next to this marker); General Winfield Scott (here, next to this marker); "Chains of Friendship" (here, next to this marker); "Given by the Great Spirit above" (here, next to this marker); "A Desire to Possess" (here, next to this marker); "Not a treaty at all" (here, next to this marker); "Forced from this country" (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Birchwood.
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US IndianWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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