‘Trail of Tears’
May 21, 2014 | 633 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society will meet Sunday at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Benton.

During 2013, Tennessee commemorated the 175th Anniversary of the infamous Trail of Tears, the forced removal of the Cherokee in fall 1838, by marking the local trails and by various other activities.

PCHGS is excited to have Melissa Woody and Darlene Goins come to share the PowerPoint presentation developed by the National Park Service for the planned development for the National Historic Trail Experience at Charleston’s Historic Fort Cass. The U.S. government’s military operational headquarters and encampments and forts were set up in various places in the area and the Fort Cass Emigration Depot was the largest, with more than 7,000 American Indians, mostly Cherokee, being held there.

After a recent showing one viewer said, “You might want to bring tissues, as this was a touching, informative, spiritual, emotional and awe-inspiring experience.”

Join the meeting as we are reminded of the tragic events that occurred when our Polk County Native Cherokees and others were rounded up and sent on that heartbreaking trip to an unknown home in the West.

Polk County does not have a commemorative park of any kind like Meigs and some other counties, so this park in the planning will be convenient for area residents to visit, being located just across the Polk line in Charleston. The newly opened Heritage Center is already in place and the park will be located there.

PCHGS President Marian Presswood encourages all members to be present, and invites anyone in the community who is interested in learning more about local history to attend.