Imagine your ancestors living peacefully for 500 years in one place. Then one day you and your family are told by the government that you are being moved to a new location with boundaries you must stay within for the rest of your days! No choice in the matter. You are going. This actually happened in America where people are considered “free” to live their lives.
Cherokee Rose by Al and Joanna Lacy is a work of fiction, but it is the true story of real people. Peaceful people. People who grew up farming in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Spanish explorers visited them in 1540 and in 1820 they formed a republican government. In 1832 when gold was discovered on their land, everything changed.
Cherokee Rose has endured more than any eighteen-year old girl should. Though accepted by her tribe, being both mixed blood and a Christian set her apart. Then fifteen thousand Cherokee Indians are evicted from their homes in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Broken and angry, Cherokee Rose joins her people on the thousand-mile trek westward to Indian Territory.
In this 21st Century, we have had presidents many do not like or agree with at all. In the 1800s, it appears to have been worse. Presidents Jackson, Van Buren, Cleveland, and Harrison all had a cruel hand in destroying an entire “nation” of peaceful inhabitants. All in the name of greed.
There was much mourning among the Cherokees as two graves were dug at the side of the trail. The newborn baby boy was buried with his mother. A cold, wind-driven rain began to fall as Cassdi, one of the young preachers trained by Layne Ward, conducted the graveside service. As the rain slanted down on the crowd gathered around graves, it seemed to some as though the heavens themselves were mourning the loss of the two women and the baby boy.
This is a rich story taken from the pages of our history. The writing is easy, the happenings were not. The historical assumptions were wrong, the lives were right. The decisions were sinful, the beliefs were ignored. The real Chief Sequoyah “had a great interest in the Bible [introduced by missionaries]. By 1823, he had translated the entire Bible into the Cherokee language, and thousands of copies were printed.”
Be sure to pick up this fascinating account that not many people at all even know about.
Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, Prescott, AZ