Trail of Tears Interpretive Center in Pulaski Tennessee
The Indian Removal Act was signed on May 28th 1830 by a man who was from Tennessee. President Andrew Jackson signed the act so the southern states boundaries were to exchange the native lands for the designated land that the government assigned for the native tribes. This removal of Native Americans was called the "Trail of Tears" and the routes they took were assigned to the men who marched the native tribes out of their homelands into the reservations in what is now the state of Oklahoma. The Trail of Tears led by John Bell had just passed the city of Pulaski from East to West when John Benge led his group from North to South making the place where the two trails crossed in an X pattern. In the middle of this X is the bridge where the two groups walked across. The end pieces are still here to this day. The Trail of Tears Interpretive Center tells the story of the forced migration and return of the first peoples.
Inside the Trail of Tears Interpretive Center
Inside the gallery above is what you will see inside the center. You will see many actual artifacts from the local area Native Americans. The large boards let the reader know how the influential politicians believed about the removal act and how their history played out because of it. David Crockett stood against fellow Tennessean President Andrew Jackson and ended up losing his reelection because of the disagreement. Kids love the area designed for them. The ceremonial drums and clothing are explained well with a good variety of native dress and customs. The bigger kids seem to love the weapons of spears and arrows. Clubs and axe also are present but remain behind presentation glass. Visitors and homeschool groups from all over the country have come to enjoy see the Trail of Tears Interpretive Center!
Outside of the Trail of Tears Interpretive Center
Just down the road, or a long walk from the center is a bridge where you can see the pilings of the original bridge where the Bell and Benge routes had crossed in 1838. Several visitors with Native American genetics will spend a while around the bridge connecting with their ancestral past. In front of the interpretive center is a tunnel around a picnic area. This tunnel along a creek is great for a walk as it features Native American arts and has a dog park alongside the creek path. There are certain times during the year that the center has an event where they walk to the bridge as their own march along the Trail of Tears. See their website in the button links below!
Pleasant Run Park
Feed, water, and exercise the white wolf in you and your dog at Pleasant Run Park where they have a trail and obstacle course for your dog to fetch and jump on the field. The picnic area is nice and very close to the restaurants nearby on the Pulaski square!
The Vicky Garland Memorial Pow Wow and Motorcycle Ride
One of the ladies who wanted to have an educational center was Vicky Garland. She was so passionate for the Native Americans having a place to tell their story. Her native name was "Spits Fire" and was known to live up to this name when talking to politicians. The Interpretive Center works in collaboration with the Native History Association that puts the pow wow and motorcycle rides together. Below are a few photos from these events.
More Native American History
If you go next door to Lawrenceburg then you can see a section of the original Trail of Tears road that has been certified