Walker also said he doesn’t think that the Jaycees made the connection when they decided on the name. It’s like saying don’t collect $20 bills because Andrew Jackson’s picture is on them, Jaycees plan to sell tickets to the trail conveyancers adelaide which will be an outdoor version of a haunted house. People have called me and said it was a disgrace and it offends them. The whole intent is to help underprivileged kids in the county.
I don’t understand how people are relating this to the Trail of Tears. I’m an Indian person, and I hate that our people had to go through that. The Blue Clan chief of the Echota Cherokee Indian Tribe said a local civic organization showed poor taste by naming a Halloween fund-raiser after a tragic event in American history. Chief Millard Shelton of Trinity said the Blue Clan had a Tuesday night meeting where 20 of its members voted unanimously to oppose the Lawrence County Jaycees naming a Halloween haunted trail the Trail of Fears.
The Jaycees plan to open the Halloween trail at the Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum on Oct. 21, Oct. 26-28 and Oct. 30 and 31. The haunted trail will be in woods and won’t be on the mounds. Shelton said the name, however, is too close to the name given to an infamous part of Indian history. In 1838, the U.S. government forcibly removed Indians east of the Mississippi River to Oklahoma.
Thousands died on the march which is called the Trail of Tears. It is a disgrace and a dishonor to the Cherokees that died on the Trial of Tears forced march, I’m surprised that Moulton Jaycees would undertake a festival, and name it after the horrific time of the Cherokees forced removal from their homeland. I wonder if the Moulton Jaycees would even consider a mock slave auction on the courthouse square. And to the American Indian, this (Trail of Fears) would be comparable to a mock slave auction.