Trail of Tears is the topic….

Our January meeting has been rescheduled due to the inclement weather last month for Thursday, February 21st.  at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Court House, downtown Dandridge.

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Cherokee removal, Mark Finchum, president of the Jefferson County Historical Society, and his wife Sherry will present, “The Trail Where We Cried,” for the January meeting at the courthouse in Dandridge.  The program will feature photographs of many important people and places relevant to the Trail of Tears, first person accounts, and music from the time.

Mark and Sherry

Mark is a social studies teacher at Jefferson County High School and Sherry is Director of Federal Programs and Elementary Education for Jefferson County schools.  Both had naming ceremonies on the Cherokee reservation and were married in a Cherokee wedding ceremony.  They have presented programs on American Indian topics on the local, state, and national levels; participated in the Native Nations Procession to open the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC; and walked a portion of the Trail of Tears.