Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
“The Indian Fires Are Going Out”
"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."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Native Americans • Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
Location. 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. Marker is located on the north side of Capitol Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Honor Roll of Soldiers and Patriots (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tuscaloosa (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clement Comer Clay (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 3,423 times since then and 152 times this year. Last updated on June 26, 2018, by Kendall Mullenhour of Niceville, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 23, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.