The local DAR and SAR groups of Chattanooga gathered for their fall cleanup of the Brainerd Mission Cemetery on Saturday. Thirty people from the Chickamauga, Judge David Campbell, Nancy Ward, Chief John Ross, and Moccasin Bend DAR chapters, and the John Sevier SAR chapter were on hand raking and hauling leaves, removing limbs, and erecting a new sign at the entrance.
The Brainerd Mission was founded in 1817 and played a part in the educational advancement and Christianization of the Cherokee Indians until their removal in 1838.
The cemetery contains many Indians and whites from that time period and is owned and maintained by the local SAR and DAR chapters.
It is open to the public from Monday- Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.