Today in 1838: U.S. General Winfield Scott begins the forced removal of Cherokee Indians from North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, and their detention in forts built for that purpose. He was implementing the Treaty of New Echota, signed by a few members of the tribe relinquishing their lands for a payment of 5 million dollars.
16,000 Cherokee were then driven on foot to “Indian Territory” – what is now Oklahoma. Of those who set out on the forced march known as the “The Trail of Tears,” nearly one-quarter died along the way or as a result of the relocation.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, Mayor Soglin and the Common Council are interested in hearing your ideas for making Madison a better place to “Be Healthy and Safe, and Live.” Your ideas and votes will help develop themes of this year’s community budget conversations. This is at 7pm at Jefferson Middle School, 101 South Gammon Road. More info at cityofmadison.com/budget.
All are welcome to join Veterans of Veterans For Peace, Clarence Kailin Chapter 25, to set up the annual Memorial Mile, a display that shows the ultimate cost of war in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. Set-up is at Olbrich Park beach side, Saturday at 9am.
Next Monday is the Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce annual Chicken Barbecue! The parade begins at 11am with a memorial service and barbeque following. The event includes a DJ, kid’s activities, and a pie and ice cream sale. Monetary donations to support local food pantries will be accepted. This will be at the American Legion Park, 2217 American Legion Drive. Call Amy at 608-843-3166 for more info.