Trail of Tears memorial plans moving again

Wednesday, February 14th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Decatur, Tennessee-AP) -- Organizers of a proposed Cherokee memorial in Decatur, Tennessee, say plans that stalled last year are now back on track.

Meigs County Executive Pete Jennings says the project regained momentum during a recent meeting that included the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

The memorial is planned for a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River on a 30-acre site owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

A granite memorial in the shape of a seven-point star will be the focal point, representing the various tribes of the Cherokee nation.

The names of those forced to walk the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma will be engraved on the walls and there'll be a flame on top of the star.