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The Great Escape: River Run from Crockett

The Great Escape: River Run from Crockett

Oct 8th 20227 AM

Black Warrior Town

At dawn on October 13th, the Tennessee Militia invaded Black Warrior Town. Fires still burned; food sat uneaten in the homes, but every man, woman, and child, save six elderly men, were gone.

The elder chief, Black Warrior, and five other old men had volunteered to stay behind. They kept fires burning to give the impression that the town was still occupied. 

This gave the younger chief time to ghis people out of Black Warrior Town to a place of safety down river near the present day town of Cordova.

On the evening of October 13, 1813, the survivors watched as the smoke of their burning town drifted past them on the river. Black Warrior and the other old men sacrificed their lives, so that the others might live.

Join us as we remember this Great Escape and those who gave their lives so that others might live.

    The Great Escape: River Run from Crockett

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    • 5840 Sipsey Road
    • Empire, AL 35063


    The Forks (Starting Line) is 32 miles north of Birmingham and 88 miles south of Huntsville.


    Empire is located in the Bankhead & Sipsey Wilderness Area of the North Alabama Region


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