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A two story log cabin of probable Cherokee origin owned by the Avery
Vann family who was a brother to James Vann of this Sunday's great program. In rking with the local historical society to preserve the building, we are doing extensive
research into finding the history long hidden due to the "to the manor born:
Southerners who would never admit that confiscating Indian lands and beginning the Trail of tears, or owning slaves were wrong. As a child growing up in Cave Spring. Georgia whos land was trod upon by primitive peoples, Mississippian Indians, traversed by Hernanto Desota nearby with his atrocities to the natives, the Creeks who were run out byt the Cherokee, and then the Land lotteries that were won by the Whites in the 1830's. In our studies, we were surprised to find that the Vanns and other Cherokee of Scott-Irish and Cherokee decent who were excellent businessmen, owned slaves. Georgia law forbade Indians to hire whites for their plantations or business interests. This was part of the still prevailing "states rights" attitude which is based on greed, prejudice and bigotry down South and particularly in GA. My family lived near Diamond Hill, Spring Place, and my grandfather Nelson Dickerson, was 1st clerk of the court there in Murray County. He knew all the principal Indians and dealt with them in the courts. He left in 2 years and I am wondering if the awful things and the unfairness of the state system concerning the Indians were what urged him to move. I feel that I am supposed to be helping open up somehow the knowledge of this unfair period. I know that unless we go back to a more spiritual sensse of dealing with ourselves, our environment, our resources, civilization will be hardpressed to survive. Thanks for this program. I much appreciate the work th Tiya has done, and support it. I too am from a slave holding family in the south, and Swiss cheese makers from Wisconsin.Our trip to the Vann house last fall was totally inspiring, and now I know partly why with Ms. Miles work. This subject is very broad and Don L. Shadburn has wonderful books that are superlately researched and written on the Cherokee from that area, and with help from an Oklahoman with 8,000 hours
worth. He started his research in 1960, and when we whom he has talked and corresponded with I believe he began in 1969. He talked to us at the last GA Trai; of Tears meeting in Forsyth GA a few weeks ago. He wants all to be as historically correct as possible, and mentioned that Shoeboots was one of his favorite Indians. He felt overall he was one of the more honorable ones. He also wanted to but did not include all the "susannah" in the indian History, but he shared them orally with us. This is a very important subject, and I am so glad that it is becoming more known. I will definitely look for Ms. Miles books. Thanks again verrrrrry much. The South is still closed to these ideas mostly, but every little bit brought out helps world thought. Vicki Abernathy
Ads are covering this space, and if there are typos I apologize. This is mostly feed back and a bit of info about what is going on in local historical research as food for thought and good sources to continue research on the subject. It is not in article form.