200th Anniversary of the Massacre at Fort Mims

200th Anniversary of the Massacre at Fort Mims

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NORTH BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. -

200 years ago, a brutal massacre took the lives of hundreds of Indians and settlers in north Alabama.

Sunday, volunteers gathered to re-enact the fort mims massacre, and while it looked like a scene from a movie, it's meant to teach a lesson.

"There are a lot of things that a lot of people don't know and you can relay to them what actually happened this way," says one volunteer.

In 1813, a band of Creek Indians led by Chief William Weatherford attacked the fort. Hundreds of settlers and Indians were killed in a blood bath. The doors of the fort were wide open that day, allowing the attackers to rush right in.

"People can sleep at night with what we do. If they had actually seen and knew what happened to a lot of people it would... it's horrible," says Karen Propst, who was an actor in the re-enactment.

Volunteers hope visitors will take away something from re-enactments like this one.

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