For 12 years Debby wore many hats as she educated and entertained students, our community, and countless out of town visitors. Debby’s knowledge and understanding of the Cherokee people, their history, and the Major Ridge Home is unsurpassed.
Her uniqueness, creativity and dedication were evident to all who talked to her and toured the museum. With her willingness to share and her characteristic enthusiasm it is easy to understand why so many people considered Debby the heart and soul of Chieftains.
At the end of November, the 1969 members of the Junior Service League of Rome will be honored and thanked for saving Major Ridge’s former home and converting it into Chieftains Museum. Let’s also recognize and thank Debby Brown for breathing life into the museum and for her many years of selfless dedication to the museum, the Cherokee, their history and our community.
As Chieftains bids farewell to Debby, I wish the Board of Directors success with the renovations and new vision for the museum/Major Ridge Home. Unfortunately, with the heart and soul of the museum gone it runs the risk of becoming like many other museums, nothing more than a pristine building housing artifacts.
Debby leaves behind some very big shoes to fill.