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Hopkinsville powwow commemorates Trail of Tears

By Jacque Day

Hopkinsville, Ky. – Last week, a court order revoked the tribal recognition of six Cherokee groups who claim historic Tennessee heritage. This weekend, a Hopkinsville celebration honors the Cherokee who traveled on foot, en masse by the thousands, from their homes in the southeastern U.S., Tennessee included, west of the Mississippi more than 170 years ago. Their forced relocation has come to be known as the "Trail of Tears." The Cherokee sojourned in today's Hopkinsville, where a park honors their passage. Jacque Day spoke with longtime park commission member Peg Hays about the legacy of their site, and this weekend's commemorative powwow.

The powwow takes place at the Trail Of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville, Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12.