In The Footsteps of Tragedy and Hope:
FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. — On Sunday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m., Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in a 90-minute, 1.2-mile walking tour exploring the lives of settlers, slaves and Cherokee on Moccasin Bend.
This program, "In the Footsteps of Tragedy and Hope: Moccasin Bend, 1819-1840," will take place along the Brown’s Ferry Federal Road Trace on Moccasin Bend National Archeological District. Look for and follow the “Special Program” signs beginning on Manufacturers Road, west of U.S. 27.
In 1839, Jacob Cummings escaped from slavery from a farm near Brown’s Ferry. Fifty-five years later, he shared his life story with a historian writing about the Underground Railroad. Cummings’ account provides a fascinating glimpse into life on Moccasin Bend, from the time of the Treaty of 1819 and the establishment of Hamilton County, through Indian Removal, as well as Underground Railroad activities around Chattanooga.
Join us for this special program as we use Cummings’ story to better understand this turbulent era of Chattanooga’s history. As a reminder, please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the conditions. Lightweight, portable chairs are permitted and carrying water is encouraged.
For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, please contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.
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