A Chickasaw Planter

A Chickasaw Planter (HM20YO)

Location: Cherokee, AL 35616 Colbert County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.16', W 87° 56.713'

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Natchez Trace Parkway

During the early 1800s, a slave-owning planter class including George Colbert's family, emerged among the Chickasaw.

George's success stemmed from a variety of endeavors. He fought with the Americans against the Shawnee and Creeks, traveled to Washington, DC, as a tribal emissary, and steadfastly protected Chickasaw rights during treaty councils.

In addition to a ferry and an inn that Colbert operated nearby he grew cotton and raised cattle. His large plantation depended on the labor of 150 enslaved African Americans.

After removal to "Indian Territory" in present-day Oklahoma, Colbert established another large farm. Already past his 80th birthday, he died in 1839.

"Major Colbert, who ranks high in the government of his nation...has labored at the plough and hoe during the last season, and his example has stimulated others."
Benjamin Hawkins, 1801
US Agent for Indian Affairs

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Though run down by the time this photo was taken, Colbert's Stand was once an important landmark on the Natchez Trace. Until forced removal, Colbert and his family lived in a more substantial house near present-day Tupelo.
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HM NumberHM20YO
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Placed ByNatchez Trace Parkway, 
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 413574 N 3855263
Decimal Degrees34.83600000, -87.94521667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.16', W 87° 56.713'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 9.5999999999998" N, 87° 56' 42.78" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Natchez Trace Pkwy, Cherokee AL 35616, US
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