Fall 2000
Vol. 17 No. 3
Publication Number:
USPS 244-800


Turkey Creek Vigil

It's the Excitement'

Genome Research Yields Quick Returns

Samford Ranked Fifth in South by U.S. News & World Report

Education School Scores High in Effective Teacher Preparation

Faculty Accolades

Upcoming Samford Tours

ODK Seeking 50 Exemplary Alumni To Mark Society's Anniversary

Manis Biography Wins Lillian Smith Book Award

University of Georgia Beckons Garver, Hanson with Sizable Postgraduate Packages

Alumni Office Seeks Samford Traditions

Sequoyah, Cunningham Join Men's Hall of Fame

Samford Begins Offering Doctor of Education Program

Deupree Recognized for Fighting Illiteracy

Tillette: Men's Team One
Big Question Mark

Cochran, Moore Lead Veteran Women's Basketball Team



Fall 2000

Sequoyah, Cunningham Join Men's Hall of Fame

In the late 18th century, a Cherokee Indian war party including Sequoyah captured a white soldier who had in his possession a letter. The Indians called the letter "the talking leaf," and debated whether such a means of communication was "the gift of the Great Spirit" to the white man, or simply the white man's creation.

While most felt it was the former, Sequoyah believed whites had created the system. He resolved to do the same for Cherokees. By 1821, he had completed a syllabary, or alphabet, of 86 characters that the Cherokees could use to form words.

The achievement made the Cherokees a literate nation. They produced literature, newspapers, laws and a constitution.

Sequoyah (c. 1770­c. 1843) moved to northeast Alabama from Tennessee around 1800. He established himself as a silversmith, trader and entrepreneur in Will's Town, DeKalb County.

The Cherokee Leader was inducted into the Alabama Men's Hall of Fame at Samford in September, along with physician-statesman Russell McWhorter Cunningham, Alabama's first lieutenant governor.

Cunningham(1855-1921), from Lawrence County, was appointed state physician to the Wetumpka penitentiary in 1881 and later served as physician for more than 30 years in the state's mining community, working for improved conditions for miners.

He was elected to the state senate in 1896 and was elected the first lieutenant governor in 1902, serving through 1907. Due to the ill health of Gov. William Jelks in 1904­05, he served as governor. He supported anti-lynching measures, funding for education and libraries, stringent regulation of child labor laws and an elected Railroad Commission.

The Alabama Men's Hall of Fame was founded by the Alabama legislature in 1987. It is housed in Samford's Davis Library.