Note: Tom Hendrix, the man who created this incredible wall died on Feb. 24, 2017, at age 83, but his spirit lives on in the wall he built.
Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall
Tom Hendrix has been building a stone wall for over 30 years in memory of his great-great-grandmother’s journey.
“Her journey began when she and her sister Whana-le were sent to the Indian Territory of Oklahoma as part of the removal (Trail of Tears) of native peoples from the southeast. But, that was only the beginning of her journey. Her tribe called the Tennessee River the Singing River because they believed a woman who lived in the river sang to them. When Te-lah-nay arrived in Oklahoma she said the streams and rivers did not sing to her and she longed for home. After spending one winter in Oklahoma she decides to head home. Even though she is alone the lessons that her grandmother taught her as a little girl help her overcome every peril and obstacle along the way. The trip took five years to return home in 1839. After enough adventure to literally fill a book she returns home and to the Singing River.”
Each stone placed by hand
Lifting about 2,700 pounds a day for over 30 years, he placed each stone, taking them first from the ground to one of his 3 old pickup truck beds, to one of the 27 wheelbarrows he wore out, one at a time just like the footsteps of her journey.
To date, he has placed nearly 7.5 million pounds of rocks in the wall. People bring him rocks too, some from every state, 127 countries, one from space, and even one from Mr. Everest.”
SEE FOR YOURSELF
VISITORS ARE INVITED to stop by the wall Tom Hendrix built between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. seven days a week.
IF YOU’RE HEADING NORTH on the Natchez Trace, turn right just before mile marker 338. Hendrix’s mailbox is about 400 yards on the right.
Location of the Wall
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