Cherokee Dog on the Trail of Tears - Pulaski, TN
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N 35° 11.729 W 087° 01.758
16S E 497332 N 3894722
On the far eastern edge of the park area is this statue and the marker
Waymark Code: WM1096E
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 03/24/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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County of center: Giles County
Location of center: E. College St., Rhodes St. & Stadium St.,Pulaski
Marker Erected By: Trail of Tears Nationals Association & Tennessee Department of Transportation
Artists: Gail Bergeron & Pamela Keller

Marker Text:

"The Trail Where They Cried"
This sculpture is a small piece of theater, a tableau to engage the spectator in the heartbreak of the Cherokee walking west on the two routes of the Trail of Tears that crossed in Pulaski. Fear, suffering, survival, and resolve are expressed within the postures and facial expressions of each human being. The young girl tugs the mother's sleeve, pleading to go home. Her dog stops to sense if they will return. The weary mother is torn between the girl's longing and the future of the baby. The man, barefoot and in tattered clothes, walks westward with dignity and the determination to survive. The trail is rough and pitted with the ruts of wagon wheels, hoof prints and footprints of others. The footprints on the trail were made by casting the actual footsteps of two Cherokee people.

Artists Gail Bergeron and Pamela Keller, both professors of art at Athens State University, entered the story of the Cherokee removal by their ties to Giles County. Both artists relocated to Giles County by choice. The history of this town became their story, too. They spent eight years researching, fund-raising and designing this sculpture before a metal armature (skeleton) was created of each figure. Then, the artists spent 350 hours adding clay to the armatures to form the figures. When completed in clay, a mold was made, taken to a foundry in Georgia and poured in bronze.

"Imagine yourself in the place of these travelers, and then educate yourself enough to realize we should never cross these paths again/" Gail Bergeron.

"Artists use their gifts to interpret experiences held in common among people throughout time, telling the stories of others to help the story live on. We remember that they were here. With this bronze memorial we honor the collective human spirit that strives to become a more just and equatable society." Pamela Keller.

Breed: Mixed

Date Built: June 2009

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