Carolina Chapter, Trail of Tears Association
The North Carolina
Chapter, Trail of Tears Association has been formed to support the Trail of
Tears National Historic Trail in North Carolina. At present, the Trail includes
highway marker programs in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee,
Kentucky and Alabama, but not in North Carolina.
The National Park Service has almost no funding to document the routes in
North Carolina, but will review any such documentation it is provided. If the
documentation is acceptable, the National Park Service will allow inclusion of
certified North Carolina sites into the National Historic Trail.
The National Park Service does not have money to mark any such locations as
part of the highway marking system. The North Carolina Chapter intends to raise
the funding necessary to accomplish these goals:
For more information, contact: North Carolina Chapter, The Trail of Tears
Association, 1 Village Lane, Suite 3, Asheville, NC 28803, or
visit their website. Annual membership dues are $25 payable to The Trail of
Tears Association, and are tax deductible.
- Document the locations of all historic Trail of Tears sites in North
Carolina, including individual homesteads of all Cherokees removed to
Oklahoma, the Removal camps, all trails associated with the Removal, and any
other sites associated with the Trail of Tears. The documentation will be
submitted to the National Park Service in a format that is suitable for their
- Develop and implement a highway-marker program which will be incorporated
into the National Historic Trail upon acceptance of routes and certification
of sites by the National Park Service.
- Develop and publish a paperback book to accompany the highway-marker
program to illustrate and interpret the Trail of Tears in North Carolina. This
book will interpret the Cherokee cultural landscape of 1819-1838, and will
place these tragic events into a cultural and historical context.
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This page was last updated on August 12, 2009