What is the Trail of Tears Association?

The Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) is a non-profit, membership organization formed to support the creation, development, and interpretation of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. In 1987, Congress designated a national historic trail commemorate the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their homelands in the southeastern United States to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) in 1838-1839.

The Alabama Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association is one of nine state chapters which have been chartered to assist the Trail of Tears Association with its many tasks. Each chapter has its own board of directors, including officers. This body organizes the chapter for meetings, research, and activities. Activities of the Alabama Chapter include documenting sites relating to the Cherokee people and the Trail of Tears

Plan Your Trip

Are you planning a trip to Alabama? Click here for an interactive map that can help you make the most of your road trip through our great state!

Trail History

Click below to read about the history of the Trail of Tears, the routes, the struggles and the hardships that they endured as they traveled through Alabama.

Become a Member

Are you are interested or would you like more information about becoming a member of the National Trail of Tears Association? Click here to sign up today!

Spring 2019 Chapter Report

Several members of the Guntersville Alabama Historical Society are clearing an old cemetery that is thought to contain the remains of important Cherokees buried there.

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