The Cherokee Nation recently opened a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the annual Cherokee Days festival.
“A Story of Cherokee Removal” shares the story of removal on the infamous Trail of Tears from the Cherokee perspective. It also shows how the tribe persevered, adapted and learned to thrive. Featured within the exhibit are quotes from witnesses of the Cherokee Trail of Tears, historical timelines, a Trail of Tears route map and a video highlighting the Remember the Removal Bike Ride, in which young Cherokees retrace the 950-mile route on bicycles each year.
“A Story of Cherokee Removal” is on display through December in the Sealaska Gallery of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.