[Killough Massacre Monument]

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Copy negative of the Killough Massacre Monument, a tall pyramid surrounded by trees. It was built as a Civilian Works Administration project to mark the site of the 1838 Killough Massacre. This photo was taken before the site had been cleared of debris.

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1 photograph : negative, b&w ; 35 mm.

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Cherokee County Historical Society September 17, 1988.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Cherokee County Historical Commission Photograph Collection and was provided by Cherokee County Historical Commission to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 509 times, with 13 in the last month. More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Description

Copy negative of the Killough Massacre Monument, a tall pyramid surrounded by trees. It was built as a Civilian Works Administration project to mark the site of the 1838 Killough Massacre. This photo was taken before the site had been cleared of debris.

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1 photograph : negative, b&w ; 35 mm.

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"Monument was built as a Civilian Works Administration (later Work Progress Administration) project to mark site of the famed Killough Massacre in 1838 which left 18 members of Killough Woods, and Williams families dead or missing. Massacre was worst in East Texas, and led to expulsion of Cherokee Indians to reservation in Oklahoma. Historians now accept Cherokees' long-standing position of non-blame for the massacre. Later investigation showed that white, Indian, and Mexican renegades from Nacogdoches area staged the massacre to incite revolution and regain Texas for Mexico. Two historical markers are at the park today, which in 1988 was given to Killough Massacre Site Foundation, Inc., for permanent care through an easement arrangement with Harlan Crow, Dallas, owner of land surrounding the site. Foundation was formed by descendants of the Killoughs killed at the site. Descendants hold reunion in Jacksonville and at the site each June. Photo was taken soon after monument was completed and before site was cleared of debris."

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Photographs depicting people, families, and businesses in Rusk, Jacksonville, and surrounding towns in Cherokee County.

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  • September 17, 1988

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  • Nov. 19, 2013, 1:02 p.m.

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Cherokee County Historical Society. [Killough Massacre Monument], photograph, September 17, 1988; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth354281/: accessed October 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Cherokee County Historical Commission.