Georgia TOTA Chapter meeting set for Nov. 10

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/08/2018 02:00 PM
WALESKA, Ga. – The next meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 10 at the Funk Heritage Center.

Anita Finger-Smith will speak, and her topic will be “Those Who Didn’t Go,” which is about the Cherokee people who were not removed during the Trail of Tears. Her presentation will be the fifth and final presentation in the chapter’s series commemorating the 180th anniversary of the Cherokee removal from Georgia. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The TOTA was created to support the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail established by an act of Congress in 1987. It is dedicated to identifying and preserving sites associated with the removal of Native Americans from the southeastern United States. The Georgia TOTA chapter is one of nine state chapters representing the nine states that the Cherokee and other tribes traveled through on their way to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

People need not have Native American ancestry to attend GATOTA meetings, just an interest and desire to learn more about this tragic period in this country’s history.

For more information about the May GCTOTA meeting, email Walter Knapp at walt@wjkwrites.com.

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