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Trail of Tears Committee Announces Annual Meeting, Seeking New Members

Trail of Tears Committee Announces Annual Meeting, Seeking New Members

The Princeton Trail of Tears Commission invites the community to its annual meeting on Friday, which will include a special guest speaker.

Committee member Robert Ward announced that the meeting would begin at 5:00 p.m. with Shelly Morris as the speaker.


click to download audioHe explained that the historical significance of Mantle Rock lies in the winter of 1838 and 1839, when Cherokees were forced to move from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina to Oklahoma. At the time, he said, the Ohio River froze over, trapping 1,766 Cherokees at Mantle Rock for two weeks until they could be ferried across the river.

click to download audioAccording to Ward, during their trek along the Trail of Tears, the Native Americans made stops at Big Springs in Princeton and several other locations in Caldwell County, including the Fredonia area.

click to download audioHe noted that Morris is an expert on the history of Mantle Rock.

Ward also stressed the need for new members to join the Princeton Trail of Tears Commission and invited everyone to attend the annual meeting, which will be held Friday afternoon at 5:00 PM at Princeton City Hall.