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The Trail of Tears and the Cherokees

November is Native American History Month! Come hear W. Jeff Bishop present on the Trail of Tears, a part of local Native American history. You may think you know about the Trail of Tears. But did you know that many Georgia Cherokees were removed by boat and traveled on the rivers to reach the West? Did you know that some were removed by train? The truth of history is often more complicated (and more interesting) than the version we think we know. He will lead us on the journey from the Cherokee homelands of the Southeast to their new home in what later became Oklahoma. Also learn about the new discoveries the museum has made during its preparation for a new exhibit on the Trail of Tears, slated to open early next year.

W. Jeff Bishop is the director of the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University and the author of such books as Agatahi: the Cherokee Trail of Tears. He joined the Funk Heritage Center, the state of Georgia’s official interpretive museum for the Southeastern Indians, as director in July. He formerly served for many years as president of the Georgia chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, and was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council. He previously served as executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

Hampton Park Library
Meeting Room
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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