Group wants bridge on Trail of Tears certified

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of Cherokee descendants from Nashville is seeking national certification for the remnants of a bridge that they say was among the routes that Native Americans took through Nashville during the Trail of Tears.

Cherokee descendent Pat Cummins, who is president of the Native History Association, told The Tennessean that the group hopes to get the site officially listed on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. He made the comments Sunday during an inaugural ceremony at the site to commemorate the forced relocation in 1838 of thousands of Native Americans.

The group rediscovered the stone abutment from the bridge as it began retracing the journey that the Cherokee took through the city as they traveled to present-day Oklahoma.


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