Sequoyah Birthplace Museum

THE STORY OF SEQUOYAH Sequoyah (c. 1776-1843) Never before or since, in the history of the world, has one man not literate in any language, perfected a system for reading and writing a language. Visitors to the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum will experience the life of the man Sequoyah – father, soldier, silversmith, statesman and creator of the Cherokee writing system. At the center of the story the deeply personal quest of Sequoyah’s single-minded concentration on solving the mystery of the “talking leaves.” He spent those years in near isolation, facing down social derision and tribal suspicion, enduring family rebellion, and believing – almost alone – that he could create a written language for the Cherokee.

Additional Details

Resource Type
Field Trip
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
5th - 12th
Historical Setting
1776 - 1843

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