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'Peace Circle' commemorates 1843 Treaty of Bird's Fort at Grapevine, Texas


September 29, 2021

Eddie Sandoval provides a blessing for the Peace Circle installation at Peace Plaza in Grapevine, Texas, on September 18, 2021. Photo courtesy Grapevine CVB

GRAPEVINE, Texas - On September 29, 1843, there took place the historic Treaty of Bird's Fort at the Grapevine Prairie between Native Americans and Republic of Texas President Sam Houston. In commemoration of this peacemaking event, a "Peace Circle" public art event was held in Grapevine, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, which was observed by Indigenous Americans and the city residents. The commemoration was held on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station, where a tipi was also erected.

Sam Houston was considered Indian-friendly by many Native people, having spent his younger years with the Cherokee people in Tennessee. Houston and the Native leaders met in a time of conflict, but they were determined to go forward in a spirit of peace, friendship, trust, and most of all with a feeling of hope for a future without the grim specter of relentless war.

The chiefs, captains, and Houston met to pool their efforts to find a place where the tribal nations could live in peace and harmony. The Peace Circle meeting led to the signing of the Treaty of Bird's Fort on Sept. 29, 1843.


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