Georgia Magazine - January 2018 - 22

Conditions along the trail were extremely difficult
and many died from exposure, hunger and disease.

Learn more about the Cherokee people
and the Trail of Tears
Several groups are planning exhibits and events to bring attention to the 180th commemoration of the Trail of Tears.
* Cherokee Garden at Green Meadows, Powder Springs.
Opened by the Cobb County Master Gardeners in collaboration
with local citizens of the Cherokee Nation, the gardens educate
visitors about plants used by the Cherokee for medicine, food,
crafts and lodging. greenmeadowspreserve.org.
* Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park,
Fort Oglethorpe. Portions of the Trail of Tears are marked by
signage, and the park's interpretive center provides additional
information about the Cherokee. nps.gov/chch.
* Chief Vann House, Chatsworth. Home of Chief James Vann,
leader of the Cherokee in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
gastateparks.org/chiefvannhouse.
* Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home, Rome. Learn the
story of Cherokee Major Ridge, his son John Ridge, Cherokee
history and the Trail of Tears. chieftainsmuseum.org.
* Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University, Rome. National
Park Service-certified interpretive center for the Trail of Tears.
reinhardt.edu/funkheritage.
* John Ross House, Rossville. Exhibits tell the story of Ross'
influence as a Cherokee chief and businessman and founder of
Ross' Landing, now Chattanooga. roadsidegeorgia.com/site/
rosshouse.html.

Cherokees are forcibly removed from their homes by armed
soldiers in this scene from "The Trail of Tears: Cherokee
Legacy," produced by Rich-Heape Films.
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* New Echota State Historic Site, Calhoun. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Site and the capital of the
Cherokee Nation from 1825 until removal. gastateparks.org/
newechota.
* National Park Service, National Trails Division. Interactive
map, historic information and details about the Trail of Tears
and sites to visit. nps.gov/trte.
* Trail of Tears Association, Webber Falls, Okla. National headquarters of the Trail of Tears, with historic information, maps
and links to local chapters of the association. nationaltota.com.

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Although Chickamauga
Battlefield Park is known mostly
for its significance during the Civil War,
before that time, the Cherokees called the
land home.
"The Civil War was a dark chapter in
American history, but we need to remember
that the Trail of Tears was, too," says
Christopher Young, interpretive ranger at
Chickamauga and the Chattanooga National
Military Park in northern Georgia and
eastern Tennessee. "Before Chickamauga
was a Civil War battlefield, it was part of the
Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee lived here,
and part of the Trail of Tears would have connected
across the battlefield to Ross' Landing from modern-day
LaFayette."
Twenty years ago, during an excavation for a
Walmart in Canton, hundreds of Native American
artifacts were unearthed. Reinhardt University's Funk
Heritage Center, a certified National Park Service Trail of
Tears interpretive center, houses two exhibits of these
artifacts: Life Along the Etowah and History Beneath Our
Feet. In honor of the 180th commemoration of the Trail
of Tears, the exhibit Crisis in Cherokee Country, 18001838 will open this year.
Today the Cherokee Nation is headquartered in
Tahlequah, Okla., as a separate sovereign nation.
"We remember and honor those who came before
us, who overcame and rebuilt the Cherokee Nation
and passed it on to the next generation as a distinct
political and cultural entity," Poteete says. "Marking and
interpreting the trail afford us the opportunity to tell the
larger story-to tell the world that the Cherokee Nation
is not a footnote in history but a thriving modern-day
community."
Pamela A. Keene is a freelance writer from Flowery
Branch.


http://www.greenmeadowspreserve.org http://www.nps.gov/chch http://www.gastateparks.org/chiefvannhouse http://www.chieftainsmuseum.org http://www.reinhardt.edu/funkheritage http://www.roadsidegeorgia.com/site/rosshouse.html http://www.roadsidegeorgia.com/site/rosshouse.html http://www.gastateparks.org/newechota http://www.gastateparks.org/newechota http://www.nps.gov/trte http://www.nationaltota.com http://www.georgiamagazine.org

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