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Exhibit - Mapping the Trail of Tears through Southern Illinois

WSIU is proud to announce the virtual exhibit, Mapping the Trail of Tears Through Southern Illinois is now available! Click to view the virtual exhibit.

Another important element of WSIU community outreach for We Shall Remain was a traveling museum exhibit, Mapping the Trail of Tears Through Southern Illinois. This exhibit was mounted by the University Museum and curated by Harvey Henson and Karen Frailey.

Karen Frailey, SIUC Forestry, has been working on identifying segments and points of interest along the Trail as part of a National Park Service grant to support her MS Thesis work. Henson, Geophysicist at SIUC College of Science and Adjunct Curator of Geology for the University Museum, has worked at Campground Cemetery using ground penetrating radar and other subsurface imaging techniques to look for unmarked graves related to the Trail of Tears episode.

Henson and fellow Trail of Tears Illinois Chapter board members accompany the exhibit as it travels across southern Illinois during exhibits at museums and other venues. Frailey and the TOT board members worked together on this exhibit and want to share their expertise related to the forced removal of the Cherokee from their native lands. This exhibit is a small sample of the tragic, yet rich history of the Cherokee Trail of Tears through southern Illinois.

The exhibit made its debut in Anna, IL, during the Union County Colorfest Celebration in October, 2009. Members of the Trail of Tears Chapter accompanied the exhibit to regional museums throughout southern Illinois to raise awareness of the tragic history of the trail through Pope, Johnson and Union Counties. The exhibit was featured at the SIUC Student Center during Native American Heritage month. The exhibit is now housed with the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and continues to be shown at throughout southern Illinois.

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