The Arkansas Heritage Trails
Heritage Trail - The Trail of Tears in Arkansas
The State of Arkansas General Assembly of 2009 approved The Arkansas Heritage Historic Trail routes and Signage.
By 2011, signage marked The Heritage Trails; The Butterfield Trail, Civil War Trails, The Southwest Trail, and The Trail of Tears could be found along Arkansas Highways, Roads and Interstate. Signs mark the different trails as they occurred historically and geographically throughout the State of Arkansas.
In Central, Arkansas, Trail of Tears routes run from Little Rock, along Stagecoach Road, University Avenue, down Markham, over the Broadway Bridge, into Hwy 365, traveling into North Little Rock, through Maumelle, Mayflower, and into Conway, Arkansas where the Historic Point Remove Train Depot and Museum of the Cherokee Removal has been restored.
It is one thing reading about the plight of our original hosts, the Native Tribal Peoples of North America, it is another to see the evidence and enormity of such an undertaking.
There were thousands of human beings, woman, children and men. Thousands were forced to walk over 1,000 miles. In freezing weather, they trudged through a wilder Arkansas.
That last winter had to be a nightmare that none of us can imagine.
Arkansas Heritage Trails - Historical and Cultural Signs
The Trail of Tears Is a Sad Reminder
The Southern Colonizers way of the past was and remain today as the Art of dirty deeds and secrets.
Those who claim to be followers of Christ have perverted the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and continue the violence, and dehumanization People of Color as a license to massacre cultures who stand between them and what they desire.
Settlers demonized Natives as a passport to destroy homes, families, tribes, and cultures.
The 1800s demanded silence about the violation of innocents. This silence was kept within families, communities, the Nation, and the world.
The truth about repeated nullification of Treaties with the Native American Tribes; the real human beings in North America during the 1800s was a precursor to the Holocaust suffered by the Jews.
From 1640 to 1900 the horrific torture, rape, and ravaging of the Indigenous Peoples outnumber the atrocity visited on the Jews by millions.
Remembrance and worldwide mourning of what was visited on the Jews is a step forward. Sadly, what little is left of the Indigenous Peoples cultures and lands are targeted today and the Jews are running with Manifest Destiny; a genocidal protocol against Palestinians.
As early as the 1790s Indigenous Peoples stood in the way of Europeans imagined they were owed. Settlers like water filled the Tribal Lands, with thoughtless and greedy individuals who latched on to a theory of Manifest Destiny to excuse massacres, rape, and land grabs which occurred.
A cry for justice still echoes through the Historical practices of European settlers. Genocide and Slavery is the bloody foundation of Arkansas as early as 1640, and the United States since 1776.
The Five Civilized Tribes were driven like cattle off of the land that was originally theirs. Cattle were given more respect and would not have been moved in such harsh climates.
Thanks to the Arkansas Department of Heritage for the hard work, and effort in creating and posting these reminders of the Heritage Trails.
Are You Cherokee?
Speaking about the Cherokee Removal and the breaking of the Treaties do not address the fact that many people have been told that they "have Cherokee blood." With the rise in DNA testing, the gene pools are allowing people to answer the question; Do I have Cherokee Blood.
Finding the answers require more than a DNA kit, it is important to do research. The video below will help get you started on that Trail.
Cherokee Family Research Center - Genealogy
Trail of Tears Arkansas Highway 64Click thumbnail to view full-size
Can We Heal The Broken Paths?
How can we help heal the broken paths?
- Acknowledge the horrors of disfranchisement, removal, and genocide of the Native American Tribal People,
- Vow to never stand by and allow this type of injustice to occur again.
- Pray for the healing of the heartbreak of the Native American Peoples
- Face what 'truths' the Americas are founded on.
- Act compassionate, and understand the generational trauma of Indigenous People.
If you care about human rights and justice, perhaps it would be a good idea to gather the family, and check out the hundreds of miles of The Trail of Tears, in Arkansas, and the surrounding States.
When you do see a Heritage Trail sign, say a prayer. Sing a healing song. Burn some sage, help spread awareness, that the wounds may heal.
The Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, and Trail of TearsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Link to the Arkansas Heritage Trails & Arkansas Historic Preservation
- The Cherokee and the Trail of Tears - North Carolina Digital History
- The Trail of Tears History - Arkansas Trail of Tears
Maps, Photos, downloadable PDF documents, and other documents provided by the Freedom of Information Act
Trail of Tears, Butterfield Trail, and Civil War Trails
Butterfield Trail, Civil War Trail, Trail of Tears
Civil War Trail, Trail of Tears
The Indigenous Peoples of the Southwest
- Welcome - Sequoyah National Research Center
- Trail of Tears Exhibit – Cherokee Heritage Center
- Places To Go: Arkansas - Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail (U.S. National Park Service)
Places To Go in Arkansas - Historical Significance:The Memphis to Little Rock Road was completed in 1829 and provided the first improved route between Memphis and Little Rock. During the early to mid-1830s, this trail witnessed the removal of Creek a
- Dee Brown Library
Dee Brown Library of the Central Arkansas Library systerm is located in Southwest Little Rock, AR
First Language - Race to Save Cherokee
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