Words of Resistance

Words of Resistance (HM2LPU)

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N 34° 36.82', W 86° 58.809'

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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.
Placed ByCity of Decatur
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Date Added Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 501819 N 3830201
Decimal Degrees34.61366667, -86.98015000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 36.82', W 86° 58.809'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 36' 49.2" N, 86° 58' 48.54" W
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