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Roswell in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Trail of Tears

 
 
The Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 25, 2021
1. The Trail of Tears Marker
Inscription.  In 1838, the majority of the Cherokees, approximately 12,000, were forced onto the “Trail of Tears”. Only about 8,000 made it to the new Cherokee Nation – what is now called Tehlequah, Oklahoma. After being imprisoned for several months in the stockades, many of the Cherokees died or became ill from disease, exposure and malnutrition. The Cherokees oversaw all their own removal, forming detachments along the 800-mile journey to the West. It was the harshest of winters and disease was rampant; food and shelter scarce. “The soldiers came and took us from our home. They first surrounded our house and they took the mare while we were at work in the fields and they drove us out of doors and did not permit us to take anything with us, not even a second change of clothes. They...drove us off to a fort that was built at New Echota.” – Oo-loo-cha, widow of Sweetwater.
 
Erected 2014 by Roswell Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
 
Location.
Marker with Big Creek and the Chattahoochee River in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 25, 2021
2. Marker with Big Creek and the Chattahoochee River in background.
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34° 0.348′ N, 84° 20.935′ W. Marker is in Roswell, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from Riverside Road 0.4 miles east of Roswell Road. Located along the Roswell Riverside Trail at the Riverside Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 575 Riverside Rd, Roswell GA 30075, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lynching in America / Lynching of Mack Henry Brown (here, next to this marker); Army of the Tennessee at Roswell (a few steps from this marker); The Removal of 1838 (within shouting distance of this marker); To Honor Those Who Came Before Us (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); McPherson’s Troops at Shallow Ford (approx. ¼ mile away); Garrard’s Cav. & Newton’s Division (approx. ¼ mile away); Allenbrook (approx. 0.3 miles away); Founders' Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roswell.
 
More about this marker. One of eight plaques, mounted on 1 to 2 ton boulders, in honor of The Cherokee Nation and in remembrance of ”The Trail of Tears”.
 
Also see . . .  Atlanta Journal Constitution article on the Trail of Tears. Roswell acknowledges its dark past, honors Cherokee Nation. (Submitted on April 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Interpretive marker showing location of the 8 boulders and markers. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 25, 2021
3. Interpretive marker showing location of the 8 boulders and markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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