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Cherokee students to retrace Trail of Tears

by The Associated Press | May 31, 2013 at 7:12 a.m.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Fifteen Cherokee students have left Oklahoma for Georgia, where they will join in retracing the Trail of Tears on bicycle.

The students will join seven riders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee to ride the trail through seven states as part of the 2013 Remember the Removal bike ride. This year marks the 175 anniversary of the Trail of Tears in which the Cherokees were forced to move into what is now Oklahoma.

The students will start their ride in Calhoun, Ga., and ride the northern route of the trail that will take them through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas before ending the trip in Oklahoma.

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