"Their voices shall never be silent; We walk with the ancestral spirits."
Historical Land in Van Zandt County 12 miles west of Tyler and 85 miles east of Dallas. On this land, the Texas Cherokee and 12 associated Indian tribal bands, under the leadership of Chief John 'Duwa'li' Bowles, Chief Big Mush and six other Tribal Chiefs / Leaders, were slain July 16, 1839. This massacre by the Republic of Texas Army, under the direction of President Mirabeau Lamar, took the lives of many innocent men, women and children along with the burning of the Delaware village. The associated Indian tribal bands were: Cherokee, Shawnee, Delaware, Kickapoo, Quapaw, Choctaw, Biloxi, Ioni, Alabama, Coushatta, Caddo of the Neches, Tahocullake, Mataquo and possibly other groups. Many now and forever consider this LAND sacred ground. The spirits of the men, women and children slain here can still be felt. Their BLOOD and TEARS forever stain THE LAND.
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