And spent an hour with the wonderful eighty-seven-year-old man who created it.
  1. Tom Hendrix wanted to honor his great-great grandmother, a Yuchi Indian who was forced to walk the Trail of Tears to modern day Oklahoma.
  2. But she was the only one of tens of thousands to escape and return to her Alabama return to *any* home.
    She walked for FIVE YEARS.
  3. Tom has spent thirty-five years building a wall of millions of pounds of Tennessee River rocks to honor her and her journey.
    It's enormous and beautiful and emotionally overwhelming. This is just a tiny piece of it.
  4. He is one of the very favorite human beings I've met—charming and warm and brilliant and dedicated.
    And hard-working, obvs.
  5. I wrote a blog post with pics if you want to know more:
  6. Update: I found out recently this beautiful human being passed away in January. I loved Mr. Tom and enjoyed our visits. I hope he's resting in peace with his beloved grandmother and great-great grandmother. ❤️