Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Uprooted From Home
This is a site of painful memory, a place of upheaval. Decatur was just one stop on a deadly journey over 1,000 miles — the forced removal of the Cherokee people from the Tennessee Valley.
Along the edge of the Tennessee River, this town bore witness to the Trail of Tears. From 1837 to 1838, boats and trains carried 2,300 Cherokee people through Decatur on their way to Indian Territory.
Three witness structures from this time still stand in Decatur. The Burleson-Hinds-McEntire House, the Dancy-Polk House House, and the Old State Bank.
Erected by City of Decatur.
Location. 34° 36.82′ N, 86° 58.809′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. 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. Words of Resistance (here, next to this marker); “Captain, We’ve Got It At Last” - The Charge of the 14th U.S. Colored Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Site of Benson Field Cherokee Trail Of Tears (within shouting distance of this marker); Fight For Survival (within shouting distance of this marker); Packed with People (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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Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2019. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2019.