(Centerville) – The National Park Service (NPS) and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail partners are hosting a public retracement of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail on Friday, October 11, at 1PM in Centerville.
This event commemorates the 175 Anniversary of the Cherokee removal and a public unveiling of official national historic trail signs, marking the longest signed segment to date of original historic route.
New signs will be unveiled on the 31-mile stretch of the trail which resides in Iron and Reynolds counties, Missouri. The dedication and unveiling will be held at the Assembly of God Multipurpose Building at 2244 Highways 21 & 72, Centerville, Missouri in Reynolds County.
Participating in the event will be partners and officials from the Cherokee Nation, Trail of Tears Association, Reynolds County, Missouri Department of Natural Resources – Division of State Parks, Missouri State Historic Preservation Office, The Doe Run Company, and Mark Twain National Forest.
In 1838, the Cherokee where forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee to Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma. The Cherokees traveled across the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas by foot, horse, wagon, and steamboat.
The Trail of Tears in Missouri goes through or touches land in the counties of Barry, Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Green, Iron, Laclede, Madison, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Saint Francois, Scott, Stone, Texas, Wayne, Webster, Wright, and Washington.