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

Words of Resistance

 
 
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By Ruth Wilson Wilcox, June 25, 2017
1. Words of Resistance Marker
Inscription.  Oral tradition—stories passed from one generation to the next—long told the history of the Cherokee people. Sequoyah was the first to write it down. In 1921, about 90 miles east of Decatur, he created the Cherokee syllabary, a set of 85 symbols that represent sounds. Cherokee literacy spread like wildfire: warriors learned the syllabary in a week and carried it back to their villages.

Knowledge is power. The first issue of the Cherokee Phoenix went to print in 1828. The newspaper, written in both English and Cherokee, informed readers about events in Washington, DC which ultimately led to the Trail of Tears. It was also a platform to speak out against removal of Cherokee people from their homeland in the Tennessee Valley.
 
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
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By Ruth Wilson Wilcox, June 25, 2017
2. Vicinity of Words of Resistance Marker
. Uprooted From Home (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 (within shouting distance of this marker); 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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By Ruth Wilson Wilcox, June 25, 2017
3. Vicinity of Words of Resistance Marker
 

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