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

A Chickasaw Planter

Natchez Trace Parkway

A Chickasaw Planter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 18, 2017
1. A Chickasaw Planter Marker
Inscription. During the early 1800s, a slave-owning planter class including George Colbertís family, emerged among the Chickasaw.

Georgeís success stemmed from a variety of endeavors. He fought with the Americans against the Shawnee and Creeks, traveled to Washington, DC, as a tribal emissary, and steadfastly protected Chickasaw rights during treaty councils.

In addition to a ferry and an inn that Colbert operated nearby he grew cotton and raised cattle. His large plantation depended on the labor of 150 enslaved African Americans.

After removal to “Indian Territory” in present-day Oklahoma, Colbert established another large farm. Already past his 80th birthday, he died in 1839.

“Major Colbert, who ranks high in the government of his nationÖhas labored at the plough and hoe during the last season, and his example has stimulated others.”
Benjamin Hawkins, 1801
US Agent for Indian Affairs

Though run down by the time this photo was taken, Colbertís Stand was once an important landmark on the Natchez Trace. Until forced removal, Colbert and his family lived in a more substantial house near present-day Tupelo.
Erected by Natchez Trace Parkway, 
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
A Chickasaw Planter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 18, 2017
2. A Chickasaw Planter Marker
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 34° 50.16′ N, 87° 56.713′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 327.3), 1.4 miles east of N Pike (County Route 21), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in Natchez Trace Parkway Colbert Ferry Park. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee AL 35616, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chickasaw Hospitality (within shouting distance of this marker); Colbert's Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); George Colbert Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trace Travelers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colbert Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Safe Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome! (approx. ľ mile away); Wet, Wild, and Wonderful (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace Parkway. National Park Service (Submitted on August 21, 2017.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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