In a letter to the editor, published on Oct. 16, Rachel Truesdell wrote that as Mayor, I “have a lot of explaining to do because most of the arguments in the media from the Town of Franklin are horribly invalid and definitely culturally insensitive.” She was speaking of the Nikwasi Mound.
I thank her for expressing her opinion, although it was quite critical of the Town of Franklin in this ongoing controversy over ownership of the Mound. Speaking only for myself, here is my personal response.
The Mound was saved by the Macon County Historical Society in 1946, when it was bought with contributions from school children, residents, and non-residents who were, “interested in the preservation of Nequassi (Nikwasi) Mound, (who) have purchased said property in order that the same may be preserved in its entirety.” The deed was conveyed to the Town of Franklin and registered at the Register of Deeds Office on Oct. 7, 1946. The Mound was bought for $1,500. That would be equivalent to $20,000 in today’s currency.