Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Eternal Flame

Marker ID:  
Location: in the Riverside Park on Riverside Rd, Roswell, Ga.
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 34° 00.317    W 084° 21.091
  34.00528333    -84.35151666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMM5HW
The Eternal Flame Marker  


As the Cherokees began their journey along the trail, some were able to carry the embers of the fire of their last counsel in Red Clay, Tennessee; the last council ground of the Cherokee Nation in the East. A Fire Keeper would insure that the flames did not go out. Remarkably the embers made it to Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In the 1950s some of the embers were transported to Cherokee, North Carolina to signify the reuniting of the tribe. In 1984, some of the embers from Cherokee, North Carolina were taken back to Red Clay, Tennessee to signify the full circle and connection of the tribe. The fires still burn in Tahlequah, Cherokee and Red Clay today.

Dedicated on July 19, 2014
Sponsor: Roswell Historical Society


The Eternal Flame


Explore more:
Roswell Historical Society: Roswell Cherokee Memorial
Cherokee Nation: Cherokee Nation
Wikipedia: Cherokee Nation
Wikipedia: Trail of Tears