Historic Markers Across Alabama

Driven Up The Waters

Marker ID:  
Location: in the Picnic Area on the near the Tennessee River and Coffee Bridge, Florence, AL
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 34° 50.443    W 087° 55.43
  34.84071666    -87.92383333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Driven Up The Waters
Natchez Trace Parkway

The Trail of Tears led groups of Cherokee up the Tennessee River here. The Cherokee are one of southeastern tribes who were relocated to Oklahoma due to the US Indian removal policy in the 1830s.

During removal, most Cherokee went by land, but thousands of others traveled aboard barges and steamboats. Diseases, bred in cramped unsanitary conditions, raised the misery of those already reeling from the loss of their homes, homeland, and most possessions.

After learning of shipboard hardships, Cherokee leaders organized future removals themselves, primarily over land.

Erected by Natchez Trace Parkway, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Photographs of the marker can be found on HMDB.org

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