Wooden Box Made by Rev. Samuel A. Worcester and Dr. Elizur Butler

Samuel Worcester lived and worked with the Cherokee in New Echota, Georgia, as a minister with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM).In 1831, Worcester was sentenced to four years hard labor at the Georgia penitentiary in Milledgeville because he refused to obey a new law prohibiting white persons from living in the Cherokee Nation without special permission from the Georgia government. This box was made sometime during Worcester’s time at the penitentiary.

Wooden Box Made by Reverend Samuel A. Worcester and Dr. Elizur Butler of the Cherokee Mission while in prison in Milledgeville, 1831-1833. From the Georgia Historical Society Objects Collection, A-1361-250ab.

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