‘Indian Removal Through Arkansas’ project completed

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/17/2020 10:00 AM
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This map shows the various routes used by Cherokee contingents to reach Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. All of the contingents traveled through Arkansas. ARCHIVE
LITTLE ROCK – The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has completed the “Journey of Survival: Indian Removal Through Arkansas” project. Funded by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, the project includes a touchscreen kiosk at the Sequoyah National Research Center and a companion website, journeyofsurvival.org.

Journey of Survival was a two-year project tasked with creating a visual representation of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 signed by President Andrew Jackson that forcibly displaced the southeastern tribes of the United States – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole. Each tribe was removed through Arkansas from their ancestral homes in the southeastern United States to their new homes in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.

The Journey of Survival project charts each route taken by all five tribes and provides historically accurate narratives documenting the routes traveled. The map is based on a 2009 map created by the Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and updated with new research. More than 80 sites have been identified as significant to the story of Indian removal through Arkansas.

Features of the website include photographs of current-day locations and historical markers, along with digital images of original manuscripts related to the removal.

The project team included researchers Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., Ph.D.; graduate assistant Alex Soulard; GIS analyst James Holley; and programmer/developer Erik Stevens. Graphic design was done by Media & More, technical support by Freta Rogers-Mason, and the principal investigator was Erin Fehr.

For information, email ehfehr@ualr.edu.

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