Couple staying the night in Murfreesboro on 1,000 mile covered wagon and mule journey

79-Year old Gene Glasscock and his wife Noqah Elisi are taking a trip, but not just any vacation. They are traveling by covered wagon along the Cherokees’ Trail of Tears. The trip is to memorialize the thousands of Indians who died on the route in the 1800’s. The Glasscock’s have Cherokee ancestry in their blood. Noquah stated…

 

About 16,000 Cherokee Indians were driven from their lands by the US Army. They were forced to walk about 1,000 miles to an area that was titled “Indian Territory.”

On Wednesday night, the Glasscocks and their mules stayed on the MTSU campus in a covered barn. On Thursday night, they plan to stay in Smyrna.

The memorial of the Trail of Tears is not the only reason for the trip.  

 

Some 4,000 died along the Trail of Tears that is also called “The trail where they cried.” The Glasscock’s will end their travel in Oklahoma, which is where the Cherokee also ended their trip.

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*Noqah Elisi pronounced: Nah-Qwaa Uh-Lease-ee

Read more about the Trail of Tears in the National Geographic HERE.

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