metal sign that says Willstown Mission Cemetery, trees in background

Willstown Mission Cemetery, Fort Payne, Alabama. In 1823, Cherokee leaders John Ross, Andrew Ross, and George Lowery persuaded the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to open a mission/school for the Cherokee in Willstown. The mission closed before the removal in 1838. Some of the unidentified graves could be those of the 41 Cherokee who, according to military records, died in camp at Fort Payne before the Benge Detachment's departure.


Due to the length of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. Here are two links to the central US and southeast US.


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