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State park remembers Trail of Tears

Monday, July 30, 2012

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Sierra Luckey (left) and Jenna Lincoln examine a map at Trail of Tears State Park outside of Jackson.
(Photo by Mark Blanton, Staff)
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JACKSON -- George Santayana, a Spanish-American philosopher, once famously said that "those that cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." Maybe that is why Trail of Tears State Park outside of Jackson came into existence.

The park, certified as a Trail of Tears site with the National Park Service, was on one of the routes that the Cherokee Nation, a Native American tribe, took to present day Oklahoma, according to Denise Dowling, natural resources manager at Trail of Tears State Park. The park's site is where nine groups of Cherokee crossed the Mississippi River during the winter of 1838-1839. Some estimate that 4,000 Cherokee died as a result of the trip.

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