TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Show your support for this year’s Remember the Removal riders with an official 2014 Remember the Removal T-shirt.
Proceeds from the sales of the shirts will help support the riders as they travel 950 miles across the Trail of Tears. The shirt costs $15 and is available at Cherokee Nation Gift Shop Tahlequah and online at CherokeeGiftShop.com.
The Remember the Removal Bike Ride begins in New Echota, Ga., in late May and will follow the northern route of the Trail of Tears, ending in Oklahoma. The ride spans seven states, testing the riders’ physical and mental endurance, as well as teaching leadership and the history and struggles of the Cherokee Nation.
Riders will put their bodies to the test as they travel an average of 60 miles a day for three weeks, mirroring in part the hardships of their Cherokee ancestors who made the same trek on foot. Of the estimated 16,000 Cherokees who were forced to make the journey to Indian Territory, 4,000 died due to exposure, starvation and disease, giving credence to the name Trail of Tears.
On the journey, the Remember the Removal riders visit various gravesites and historic landmarks along the Trail, including Blythe Ferry in Tennessee, which was the last piece of Cherokee homeland the ancestors stood on before beginning the trek to Indian Territory, and Mantle Rock in Kentucky, which provided shelter to the ancestors as they waited for the Ohio River to thaw in order to cross safely.
For more information about this year’s journey, visit RememberTheRemoval.Cherokee.org.
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