While American settlers clamored for more land, native tribes signed more than 40 treaties ceding their lands to the US. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 significantly altered a way of life for eastern Indian tribes.

These exhibits share some of the stories of the Trail of Tears through original exhibits placed at sites across the historic routes.

Leaving the Homeland

Land Routes

Water Routes

Arriving in Indian Territory

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