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Arkansas Heritage Trail(s) - Signs to look for while on your tripClick thumbnail to view full-size
Heritage Trail - The Trail of Tears in Arkansas
The State of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, has sponsored The Arkansas Heritage Trail.
As of 2011, signage marking The Heritage Trails; The Butterfield Trail, Civil War Trails, The Southwest Trail, and The Trail of Tears have been placed along Arkansas roadways. Signs show the different trails as they occurred historically and geographically throughout the State of Arkansas.
In Central, Arkansas, I have seen the Trail of Tears signs, such as in 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 Conway, AR.
I see the Heritage signs on Scenic Hwy 7 South, and North, down Hwy 64, ending at Point Remove at Morrilton, AR where there is a museum at the railway station where the Cherokee and four other civilized tribes were removed from their own property.
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. There were so many who were made to walk over 1,000 miles. In freezing weather they trudged through a wilder Arkansas, in the winter it had to be a nightmare that none of us can imagine.
The Trail of Tears Is a Sad Reminder
The Southern way of the past, was of keeping dirty secrets.
Christian people have been known to look the other way when other humans were being mistreated. They should have stood up and spoke out, but they did not want to make waves, or stick out like sore thumbs.
It was a way of life, back in the 1800s to demand silence about the violation of innocents. This silence was kept within families, communities and on.
Secrets have a way of getting out.
The truth about what was visited on Native American human beings in North America in the early 1800s is as bad as the Holocaust suffered by the Jews. Indians stood in the way of gold, and land grabs, and the theft which occurred is rising to the surface and cannot be ignored.
Justice cries out.
The Native Tribal People. deserve to be treated like humans who have had their very existence threatened and almost destroyed.
Thanks to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for the hard work, and effort in posting signs on the Heritage Trails.
Along the Trail of Tears, East of Russellville, ARClick 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's
- Vow that you will never, in your lifetime, stand by and allow this type of injustice to occur again.
- Pray for the healing of the heart-break of the Native American Peoples
- Face the truth about what 'truths' the Americas are founded on.
- Send love, be compassionate, and understand where Native American People are coming from.
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.
Along the Butterfield 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
Trail of Tears markers, Hwy 64 westward to Morrilton, AR - Point Remove
The Indigenous Peoples - Removal, Genocide
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- Places To Go in Arkansas - Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail (U.S. National Park Service)
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- University Libraries
This is the finding aid for the Dee Brown collection.
- Dee Brown
Dee Brown Library of the Central Arkansas Library systerm is located in Southwest Little Rock, AR
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