Removing the Cherokee: A Soldier’s Story

Join us at Trail of Tears State Forest for a Living History presentation by Tony Gerard.

Tony portrays Caleb Tucker, a soldier in the United Sates Army who finds himself assigned to round up the Cherokee in preparation for forced removal to the Indian nations in present-day Oklahoma. _aAs removal nears Caleb takes his discharge from the Army, then signs on as a teamster with a contractor hired to take the Cherokee west.

One of the main routes that the Cherokee march to the west took them through was southernmost Illinois, which makes Trail of Tears State Forest the perfect setting for this thought-provoking and moving presentation. Be warned! This program deals frankly with a sad and shameful period in US history-there will not be a dry eye in the audience. But, understanding our past is the only way to ensure a brighter and better future.

The presentation will take place at the Trail of Tears State Forest group campsite located behind the picnic area South of State Forest Road east of State Rte. 127 north of Jonesboro.  Turn into the picnic area across from the white barn and follow the signs.  Be sure to dress for cool spring weather.  Rustic seating will be provided but lawn chairs may make your experience more comfortable.

For more information contact Terri at 618-521-1030 or terri@shawneeaudubon.org.

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