This Day in History

March 26, 1839: End of The Trail of Tears

Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity

On March 26, 1839, Cherokee Indians came to the end of the “Trail of Tears,” a forced death march from their ancestral home in the Smoky Mountains to the Oklahoma Territory.

The Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role Play” is a classroom lesson where students role play the decision to remove the Cherokee and Seminole people from their lands.

Trail of Tears 1839

Trail of Tears 1839. Painting: “Forced Move” by Max Standley courtesy R. Michelson Galleries.