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Trail of Tears memorial wall opens to the public

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Sunday marks the 175th anniversary of the Cherokee Removal often referred to as the Trail of Tears.

To commemorate and honor those forced to move from their native homeland, a beautiful park and memorial wall opened to the public Sunday afternoon.

"I believe in this country we try to make up for the wrongs we have done and try to make them right," said Alva Crowe, Event Attendee.

An anxious crowd of community members gathered  inside the theater area around massive pillars that displayed over 2,500 names.

Those names etched in stone to remember those that lost their life or were forced to relocate during  the Trail of Tears.

"This is real, this is real history and it is a good way to show what really happened to many on the Trail of Tears," said Crowe.

This new park comes complete with a visitors center, a stone map showing the four routes used during the Trail of Tears.

The park also has a memorial wall designed to educate visitors that are interested in reading a timeline of events that are displayed with information and pictures along a half mile wall made of stone.

"Once you read this you will know what happened during the trail of tears this will help you understand the story," said Crowe.

The new historical site in Birchwood, TN also has a wildlife shelter and panoramic view of the Blythe Ferry site.

Attendees said they were all honored to be at the 175th anniversary during this Trail of Tears weekend.

To learn more information about this park and ways you can help pitch in to continue to develop this new park click here.

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