I may have used these photos before, but they are perfect for Cee’s fences challenge this week.

The first two photos come from the Vann House historical site in Chatsworth, Georgia. Built by wealthy Cherokee leader and planter James Vann, the Vann House was completed in 1804 and in 1819, was visited by U.S. President James Madison.

Vann House fence
Chief Vann House fence
Fence around the slave cabins at the Chief Vann House.  Vann, a Cherokee planter, was a wealthy slave owner.
Fence around the slave cabins at the Chief Vann House. Vann, a Cherokee planter, was a wealthy slave owner.

 

The third photo is the fence at the Worcester House at the New Echota Historical Site near Calhoun, Georgia.  New Echota was the capital of the Cherokee nation from 1825 until the Removal in 1838.  Samuel Worcester was a missionary to the Cherokee, Bible translator, printer, and defender of the Cherokees’ sovereignty. He helped establish the Cherokee Phoenix, the first Native American newspaper in the U.S.

Worcester was arrested, convicted, and jailed for disobeying Georgia’s law restricting white missionaries from living in Cherokee territory without a state license. On appeal, he was the plaintiff in Worcester v. Georgia (1832), a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled that the federal government had an exclusive relationship with the Indian nations, that the State of Georgia had no right to Indian lands, and that the Cherokee nation was sovereign. In spite of the ruling, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, and federal troops were sent to aid Georgia militia units in removing the Cherokees to lands west of the Mississippi River.

After receiving a pardon from the governor, Worcester left Georgia on a promise to never return. He moved to Indian Territory (now the State of Oklahoma) in 1836 in the Cherokee removal known as the Trail of Tears.

Fence at the Samuel Worcester House, New Echota
Fence at the Samuel Worcester House, New Echota

To see more fences or participate in Cee’s challenge, check out http://ceenphotography.com/2014/12/18/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-fences/

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences

  1. I love the contrast in the first photo between the really elegant home and the rough fence. This is also bit of history that is new to me – I did realize there were Indian leaders wealthy enough to own their own plantations and slaves in the years before they were forcibly removed.

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