Event remembers Trail of Tears in Cherokee 6-10-07

CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) - Some 150 people revisited a portion of the infamous Trail of Tears Saturday as part of an annual remembrance of the 1838 event that killed thousands.

“I mainly did it in memory of my mom more than anything else,” said Deborah Conseen-Bradley, a Cherokee native who now lives in Tennessee. “It's a way of remembering, of commemorating and keeping the memory alive.”

Participants marked the end of the two-day, 4-mile Trail of Tears Memorial Walk with the Southeastern Tribes Cultural Arts Celebration at the Mountainside Theater.

More than 15,000 members of the Cherokee, Creek and other tribes were forced from their homes to make way for white settlement. An estimated 4,000 American Indians died during the removal to Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma.
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