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We made friends with a man from the area. He heard us talking about the monument and he said he lived on the actual path of the Trail of Tears. Several times he has found bones on his property and turned them into authorities to find out that they belonged to someone who walked the Trail of Tears and died along the way. It is important to teach our children while they are young this part of history. The younger someone is the more sensitive and empathetic they are to inhumanity.
A Bit of History
"Nine thousand Native Americans crossed through here on the Trail of Tears," she [Gloria Schouggins] said. "Once they crossed the river at this point, they knew their homeland was gone forever."
The new American government had given the Cherokee a timeline to "peaceably" leave their land and move to the new home that America had allotted them. However, many people chose to stay until the last moment and did not leave by the 'required' deadline. The remaining Cherokee were put into internment camps. They were told they would be taken out by force and they did not need to bring their belongings because new clothing and food would be provided for them. The Cherokee were beaten, some murdered, others chained and forced to be walked to the new land with scarce clothing. Several thousand died lying on the snow covered ground they were forced to walk with no shoes. You can walk part of the Trail of Tears OR you can drive near the Trail of Tears to get an idea of what it would have been like to be a prisoner and forced to walk chained to others. For driving information click HERE. We walked the new monument then drove through theoriginal Trail of Tears route.
As we walked the monument, my heart was troubled. I could feel God's grief to this day for His people.
Watch this well written documentary on the Trail of Tears
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Other useful websites:
Trail of Tears told by Johnny Cash
1828 Cherokee Census Information