Trail of Tears
Re-enactors walk along Mulberry Avenue during Saturday’s remembrance ceremonies for the Bell’s Route Trail of Tears, which culminated with a living history on the Fayetteville. The event marked the 175th anniversary of the 1937-1938 forced removal of the Tribal People of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Nations to what was then the Oklahoma Territory. They were led by Lt. Edward Deas along a path now marked generally by U.S. Highway 64. The Trial became known as Bell’s Route for John Bell, a Cherokee who traveled with the group.