Published On: Mon, Jul 29th, 2019

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to observe Sequoyah Remembrance Day

 

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore will observe Sequoyah Remembrance Day Sunday, Aug. 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission to the Museum. (Painting by Henry Inman/Public Domain image)

VONORE, Tenn. – The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore will observe Sequoyah Remembrance Day Sunday, Aug. 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission to the Museum.  Sequoyah died in August of 1843.  It is not known what day he died, so the Museum related it has chosen the first Sunday in August to remember Sequoyah and his life.

Participating in this celebration is the Warriors of Anikituhwa who are the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians official ambassadors, and the Cherokee Fiends who are cultural ambassadors for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Learn about Cherokees in the Civil War and corn husk doll making demonstrations.

“This is a day to remember the man who gave the Cherokee people their own written language,” said Charlie Rhodarmer, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum manager/director. “In 5,000 years of human civilization, Sequoyah is the only person, not literate in any language, who created a written language for his people.”

Sequoyah was born circa 1776 in the village of Tuskegee, near modern day Vonore. He spent most of his life in the Overhill Cherokee area, where he began creating a Cherokee writing system.

After 12 years of work, Sequoyah finished the Syllabary in 1821 while living in Willstown, Ala. The Cherokee Nation adopted the Syllabary and within two years most of the Cherokee people had become literate in their own language. After living a brief time in Arkansas, Sequoyah moved to the Indian Territory, known today as Oklahoma.

In 1842, Sequoyah volunteered to go with other Cherokees to find a group of Cherokees that had left the Overhill area during the American Revolution and had headed toward Texas or Mexico. Sequoyah died on this trip in August 1843. There are several stories about how Sequoyah died, and it is not known where he is buried.

“We invite people to visit the museum on Sunday and learn more about Sequoyah’s fascinating life and experience modern Cherokee culture,” said Rhodarmer.

The Museum is located on Highway 360 in Vonore, about one mile from the Highway 411 intersection. Info: (423) 884-6246

– Sequoyah Birthplace Museum

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