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Samuel Worcester: The Cherokee Messenger - Podcast

Samuel Worcester

Samuel Worcester, The Cherokee Messenger, a humble giant of a man it took two OKLAHOMA GOLD! podcasts to chronicle—and they are both contained in this podcast. The white Presbyterian missionary guided the founding and operation of the first Native publication, the CHEROKEE PHOENIX newspaper. He translated most of the New Testament into Cherokee. He suffered persecution and imprisonment for defending the tribe’s rights all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And he and his family accompanied them on their Trail of Tears to modern-day Oklahoma, where he served them virtually until the moment of his death.

Join John and KTOK/iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert for the inspiring saga of the white missionary whose decades-long service to the Cherokees only death could stop. These are the 87th and 88th episodes of our original OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Thank you Atwoods Stores for making it possible! Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History. Thank you Atwoods Stores for making it possible!

Indian removal map
Southeastern homelands, removal dates and routes, and Western destinations of the Cherokees and other Indian republics who traveled the Trail of Tears.
Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper

The cover of an early CHEROKEE PHOENIX, the first Indigenous American newspaper,

founded in 1828 by white Presbyterian missionary Samuel Worcester. With Worcester’s aid, Cherokee and eventual Indian Territory immigrant Elias Boudinot edited it and translated the Cherokee text into English, the two versions appearing in alternating columns.

Stadium “The Horseshoe”
Presbyterian missionary and pastor Sam Worcester mounted a Herculean assault against the liquor use among the Cherokees and other Natives, stemming from white peddlers, that was ravaging them.
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Many thanks to Atwoods Stores, a farm and ranch supply company based in Enid, Oklahoma, for their support of the Red River Institute of History and OKLAHOMA GOLD! Please support them as you are able! Wherever you are, you can order online from thousands of quality products on their terrific website HERE. Atwoods also has 66 stores in 5 states: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. In addition to farm and ranch supplies, Atwoods stores sell clothing, lawn and garden items, tools, hardware, automotive supplies, sporting goods, pet supplies, firearms, and seasonal items.

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