TRAIL OF TEARS

COMMEMORATIVE PARK



COVID-19 Announcement

Thank you everyone for your patience and feedback concerning our September 2020 Pow Wow. Our community’s health and safety is our utmost concern, and we believe it is best to postpone this year’s Pow Wow due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We strive to maintain a healthy and safe event every year and we believe this decision is what’s best to keep our friends and family safe. We look forward to seeing everyone next year (September 11-12, 2021), until then stay safe and healthy and thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Please stay safe and continue practicing social distancing.

Welcome to the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park

This historic park is one of the few documented sites of the actual trail and campsites used during the forced removal of the Cherokee people to "Indian Territory". It was used as an encampment in 1838 and 1839. This park is the burial site for two Cherokee Chiefs who died during the removal - Fly Smith and Whitepath. This long, cruel relocation has become known as the "Trail Of Tears" and by Native Americans as "The Trail Where They Cried".

Every year, on the first full weekend after Labor Day, the Trail of Tears Commission sponsors an intertribal Pow Wow at the park. A Pow Wow is a gathering of Native American people to celebrate their rich heritage, to socialize with old friends and make new ones. It is also an opportunity to expose non-indians to centuries old traditions of various dances, Native American crafts, and to educate Pow Wow visitors with story telling and Indian lore demonstrations.

270-886-8033
(Heritage Center)

270-887-2300
(Visitor's Center)
270-839-3598‬
(Jimmy Dosset, President)

270-987-9806
(Timothy Moss, Pow Wow Coordinator)