Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Experience colonial peacemaking efforts in Greenwood

Posted 2/10/2014 11:05:00 AM

When many people outside the region think about the history of the American South, they get tripped up by the Civil War, causing the region’s impact on colonial history to be overlooked. The South’s conflicts extend into the struggles of Native American tribes like the Cherokee, the Wapoo and the Catawba. The Cherokee, in particular, played important roles in the history of the Carolinas and beyond, and visitors to beautiful Greenwood can now take a look at this history at “Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee & British Delegations,” on view at the museum in uptown’s Emerald Triangle District.

As the Cherokee people struggled to preserve their independence during the French and Indian War, Cherokee leader Ostenaco and Virginian Henry Timberlake attempted to work together for peace. Timberlake took Cherokee leaders to London to meet King George III to enhance his effort, which is detailed in Timberlake’s memoirs. “Emissaries of Peace” walks visitors through these memoirs, bringing them to life through artifacts, period artwork, music, video and life-size figures.

The exhibition originated from the Cherokee Museum in Cherokee, N.C., and has traveled to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., and the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Dr. Alice Taylor Colbert, The Museum’s guest curator and history professor at Lander University, has curated additional content for this exhibition.

For more information on this free exhibition, please click here.