May 23, 2007
Dwight Mission, a Cherokee school founded by the Reverend Cephas Washburn, taught not only the standard courses of the day but also mechanical and technical skills. These skills were in essence designed to Americanize the Cherokee. The school, which was located near present-day Russellville (Pope County), closed its doors in Arkansas when the Cherokee were moved farther west in 1828. A view of the mission is shown in this 1824 sketch.