Cherokee Symposium

Statue Commemorating the Cherokee Removal


Symposium Commemorating the Cherokee Removal & Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act

The Cherokee Challenges & Tribulations: Exploring Scholarship, Memory, & Commemoration symposium to be held Wednesday, April 11 on the campus of Western Carolina University will commemorate the Removal of the Cherokee over the Trail of Tears 180 years ago, and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act. The Trail of Tears Historic Trail is a national historic trail designated by Congress for protection and interpretation by the National Park Service. Today the Trail covers nine states, including NC, and covers 5,043 miles of water and land routes.

Western Carolina University, along with the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of History, the North Carolina Trail of Tears Association, and the National Trail of Tears Association, are proud to host this symposium examining Cherokee scholarship and exploring the role of memory and commemoration within Cherokee communities and the surrounding region. 

The one-day event will be held on the campus of WCU in Cullowhee, NC at the University Center Grand Room 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The symposium is open & free to the public. Students are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is encouraged. 

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