The Trail of Tears Remembrance Ride

Last Updated on February 8, 2023 by Left Lane

I had the honor of being a part of the Trail of Tears Remembrance motorcycle ride during one of my visits to Tennessee. Being the motorcycle rider that I am. I jumped at the opportunity to join the commemorative ride.

Threw the backpack on the motorcycle, and hit the Highway for Chattanooga Tennessee

The Trail of Tears Remembrance Ride always happens on the 3rd Saturday of September. Making it a good late summer activity.

Why It’s Done

It’s done in remembrance of the Ancestors of Native Americans whose people faced harsh treatment, disease, and many other atrocities, some of which are unspeakable. As they were forced to march to reservations West of the Mississippi River.

Early Morning 8a.m Line Up in Tennessee for the Trail of Tears Ride. The motorcycle line was so long, it wound it’s way out of sight

In 1830 the United States Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, which was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson.

This act forced the move of many Native American Tribes from there homelands. These tribes included the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole.

Map of the various Routes along the Trail of Tears

According to historical Tribal, and Military Records. An estimated 100,000 Native Americans were forced from there homelands. With an estimated 15,000 of them dying on the harsh, nearly thousand mile journey West.

Lunch Stop

View of all the motorcycle’s as we filled the parking lot of the Fayetteville Tennessee High School for the scheduled lunchtime break stop along the Trail of Tears Remembrance Ride
Photo of the Elk Statue in the Parking Lot of the Fayetteville High School in Tennessee

The Trail of Tears Remembrance motorcycle ride was started to preserve the route. Which Native Americans were forced to march, and make sure it wasn’t lost to history.

Video of a tribal dance lead by a member of the Cherokee Nation. They spoke to raise cultural awareness during the lunchtime stop in Fayetteville Tennessee
The representatives of the Cherokee Nation wore their Ceremonial Native American Wear

Line’em Up!

After our lunchtime break on the Trail of Tears, we saddled back up to hit the Highway for the next leg of the ride through Waterloo Alabama. With the official ride ending in Florence for the day.

A look back photo of all the Bikers as we lined up to leave Fayetteville Tennessee

When the Native Americans were forced from there homelands in the Appalachian Mountains by foot, train, and water. One of the routes brought many Native Americans through Waterloo via the Tennessee River from Tuscumbia Alabama.

Photo of all the Bikes as we pulled into McFarland Park

Once we reached the end of the official days ride at McFarland Park, in Florence Alabama. They had concessions, shopping booths, and a Native American Cultural Heritage experience awaiting us.

A packed parking lot at McFarland Park full of Motorcycles on the Trail of Tears Remembrance Ride
Video of Native American Chants during a Pow Wow Drum Circle
Photo showing Native American cultural clothing
View of the 2071’ ft, truss style O’Neal Bridge. Built in 1939 crossing the Tennessee River, from McFarland Park
Art Sculpture of a Native American on Horseback… The original “Iron Horse”
The Original Image of a Tepee at McFarland Park from my Story Post… The Tepee was traditionally used as a dwelling for the nomadic tribes of the Great Plains. Such as the Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa Tribes

For more information, history, and routes on the Trail of Tears Click Here

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