A painting depicting the forced relocation of American Indians in what is known as the “Trail of Tears” was unveiled Monday at the state Capitol.
The painting by artist Wayne Cooper is displayed in a Senate conference room. It depicts Indian men, women and children walking and riding horses through snowy terrain. The work was sponsored by Cherokee Nation businesses and Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
This year is recognized by the tribe as the 175th anniversary of the removal of Cherokees from northern Georgia to territory in what is now Oklahoma. Thousands of Cherokees and other American Indians were swept up in the forced relocation.