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

Cherokee Trail Of Tears

 
 
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By Ruth Wilson Wilcox, June 25, 2017
1. Cherokee Trail Of Tears Marker
Inscription.  Of the various detachments that removed the Cherokee People from their home lands in the southeastern United States, three of them landed in Decatur at what became Rhodes Ferry Park. Due to the difficulty of navigating the Muscle Shoals portion of the Tennessee River, the Cherokee were transported from Decatur Landing to Tuscumbia Landing using the newly built Tuscumbia, Courtland, and Decatur Railroad. On March 7, 1837, the Major Ridge party docked at Decatur with 471 Cherokee. The Lt. Edward Deas detachment landed here on June 9, 1838 with 800 Cherokee, and on June 21, 1838, the Lt. Robert H.K. Whiteley detachment landed with 1000 Cherokee. Out of the three detachments, there was but one documented fatality in Decatur, that of an elderly Cherokee woman. A second documented fatality happened en route between Decatur and Tuscumbia involving a Cherokee man crushed by the train.
 
Erected 2015 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 34° 36.833′ N, 86° 58.785′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker
Cherokee Trail Of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth Wilson Wilcox, June 25, 2017
2. Cherokee Trail Of Tears Marker
can be reached from Oak Street north of Market Street. Located in Rhodes Ferry Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Benson Field (a few steps from this marker); “Captain, We’ve Got It At Last” - The Charge of the 14th U.S. Colored Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Fight For Survival (within shouting distance of this marker); Packed with People (within shouting distance of this marker); Uprooted From Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Words of Resistance (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Leadership at Decatur - McCartney Hotel Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hood’s Middle Tennessee Campaign and The Battle for Decatur (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
 
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Cherokee Trail Of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth Wilson Wilcox, June 25, 2017
3. Cherokee Trail Of Tears Marker
Decatur Landing Site image. Click for full size.
By Ruth Wilson Wilcox, June 25, 2017
4. Decatur Landing Site
Decatur Landing Site image. Click for full size.
By Ruth Wilson Wilcox, June 25, 2017
5. Decatur Landing Site
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2019. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 10, 2019.
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