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TRAIL OF TEARS: THE ARKANSAS SETTING
Collaborative efforts of local, state, and federal government with the Trail of Tears Association.
The Trail of Tears, a National Historic Trail, is an integral part of the nation’s history. Along the Arkansas River corridor at Little Rock, the compelling story of removal continued to evolve. Several southeastern tribes— Cherokee, Muscogee Creek, Choctaw, and Chickasaw— all reluctantly traveled across Arkansas to locations in Indian Territory (present Oklahoma), as demanded by the federal government.
In the vicinity of Little Rock and North Little Rock, key elements of the story are interpreted for visitors. Led by knowledgeable professionals from Arkansas, the history of the Trail of Tears will be presented. Panelists will outline the collaboration of local, state, and federal government with the Trail of Tears Association in preserving sites and interpreting the trail corridor along the Arkansas River.
In the afternoon, a walking tour will include a Trail of Tears photo exhibit at the Old Statehouse Museum and a greenways project on the campus of the University of Arkansas – Little Rock. Dan Littlefield will lead a walking tour to interpretive sites to the Junction Bridge, then across the river to North Little Rock.
Pat Proctor, Trail of Tears Association
Dan Littlefield, Sequoyah Research Center
Jack Baker, Trail of Tears Association
Mark Christ, Department of Arkansas Heritage
Aaron Mahr, Superintendent National Park Service
John McLarty, Northwest Arkansas Planning Commission
Scott Akridge, Arkansas Southwest Trail Research
Dave Millay, Coleman Creek Greenway Committee
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Updated November 11, 2008