Come learn about the hidden history of the Trail of Tears

Seven new wayside exhibits will be unveiled at 9 a.m. Friday, June 19, in Laughlin Park at Roubidoux Springs in Waynesville, Mo. Following the dedication will be a reception with refreshments.

After the reception, guests are invited to view the new waysides and take a walk through the park, the site of a historic Cherokee removal campsite, to the historic Trail of Tears crossing at Roubidoux Creek.

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The unveiling event celebrates the continuing effort by the National Park Service and its partners to preserve and develop the national historic trail for increased public awareness and use. Participating in the event will be partners and officials from Cherokee Nation, the 2015 Cherokee Remember the Removal bike riders, the Missouri Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (TOTA), the City of Waynesville, and Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

After the event, everyone is invited to wish the 2015 Cherokee bike riders safe travels as they continue their ride west along the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears. The Remember the Removal ride is an annual event where Cherokee youth retrace, by bike, nearly 1,000 miles of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail from Georgia to Oklahoma.

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