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Russell Cave National Monument
Alabama played a much larger role in the removal of the Cherokee Indians from their homelands in the southeast than was previously thought. At least eight companies of heavily armed troops, including regular United States army soldiers, and Alabama and Tennessee volunteers, poured into Northeast Alabama to carry out the removal of the Cherokees, and some Creeks, as called for by terms of the Treaty of New Echota.
- Grade level:
- Fourth Grade - Twelfth Grade
- American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Education, Environment, History
Did You Know?
The National Geographic Society purchased 310 acres surrounding the cave shelter area and donated the land to the American people. Russell Cave was designated as a National Monument in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy.