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#77119: Trail of Tears Exhibit at the Cherokee National Museum
With help from the National Parks Services, the Cherokee Heritage Center permanently houses an exhibit that explores the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their indigenous territory to the “Indian Territory”, present -day Oklahoma. The sculptures create an environment where the visitor walks alongside the Cherokees on their route from their homelands to the Indian Territory. The nine figures represent the variety of lifestyles and people that made this historic trek. The experience of being in the moment along side the Cherokee leaves an immeasurable effect on our visitors’ emotional understanding of the Trail of Tears.