Potawatomi Trail of Death by Tracy DeVore

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This marker is in Ellsworth Park in Danville, Illinois. Most people have heard of the Trail of Tears but few have heard of the Trail of Death. I was born and raised in Indiana and don’t recall anything about it in our history books, though it’s a big part of Indiana history, as the tribe was originally uprooted from an Indiana town and made to travel on foot across three States in winter. An ugly part, though, so perhaps that’s why it was downplayed? I don’t know. Interestingly, our recent paranormal investigations are what led me to study the history of the Potawatomi Nation and uncover a lot of things many people weren’t aware of. The research continues…

Comments

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 6 years ago

    What a great thing for you to bring to our attention, I have not heard of this either.

  • Thanks, Byron. The tribes were actually taken in Indiana and “herded” through Indiana, Illinois and Missouri, finally into Kansas. It was known as the “Trail of Death” because they left Indiana in November and traveled on foot throughout the winter, with people dying daily. A definite black mark in Hoosier history, that I’d never ever heard of until this past year, and I’ll be 50 in July.

    – Tracy DeVore

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...almost 6 years ago

    What a great find Tracy! I have the feeling there are more of these “Trails of Death”, and not only in America!

  • Thanks, Anne-Marie! My fiance, Tim, grew up in Danville, IL, and had visited this park many times but was not aware of this plaque or the accompanying story. I’ve been in contact with the Potawatomi Nation archivist regarding some other interesting finds of mine, and am learning more about this all the time. I appreciate you taking the time to look and comment! :)
    ~Tracy

    – Tracy DeVore

  • TimADeVore
    TimADeVorealmost 6 years ago

    Great shot sweetie and nice history to go with it☺

    ♥Tim♥

  • Thank you, sweetie! There’s still so much to learn about this.
    ♥Tracy♥

    – Tracy DeVore

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...almost 6 years ago

  • Thanks so much, Anne-Marie!! I really appreciate that.:)
    ~Tracy

    – Tracy DeVore

  • JenLand
    JenLandalmost 6 years ago

    So much of our government’s policy of manifest destiny and the genocide of Native Americans was and still is down played. It’s a shame!!!

    But it’s wonderful that you’ve captured this image and posted it and reminded us all who the real Americans are…………

  • Thanks so much, JenLand! I have a bit of Native American ancestry, but even if I didn’t, this would definitely resonate with me. I appreciate you taking the time to look and comment!! :)
    ~Tracy

    – Tracy DeVore

  • NancyC
  • Thanks so much, Nancy, I’m honored! :)
    ~Tracy

    – Tracy DeVore

  • Susan Vinson
    Susan Vinsonalmost 6 years ago

    I totally agree with Jen! There are a lot of cries of discrimination, however, I believe the Native Americans lot has been severely downplayed. Unfortunately our ancestors were very arrogant in too many ways! Thank you for bringing this to our attention, as I, too, have never heard of this. Congratulations on the well deserved feature! ~|}:)

  • Thank you, Cindirelli! I’m happy to spread the news about this, I was very disturbed to find it such a big part of my local history and I was never taught about it.
    ~Tracy

    – Tracy DeVore

  • skyhorse
    skyhorsealmost 6 years ago

    I hadn’t heard of this one either, but sadly the white man’s history is littered with such deeds against native peoples of many countries – at least acknowledgment of sorts is being made in recent history & long overdue apologies are coming forth

  • Thanks, skyhorse, for your insightful comment. :)
    ~Tracy

    – Tracy DeVore

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work was voted the most popular entry in a First Things Group challenge

  • Thank you, WaleskaL! Is this a vote of moderators or is this the result of a challenge, or something else? For whatever reason, I sure do appreciate it. :)
    ~Tracy

    – Tracy DeVore

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLalmost 6 years ago

    Is the result of a Challenge. Your work was voted number one by everyone who participated. In addition to making the top tree it also won top ten in another challenge. Moderators have no control over the winning results, just the voters. There is no physical way to arrange a winning in the system. Hope it answers your question. And Congrats once again! Here is the link to the challenge Also here is the link to the other challenge this picture made Top Ten
    Double Congrats to you
    Congrats! On making the Top Ten in a First Things Group challenge

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