Save the date for the 2024 Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride. Next, this year’s motorcycle ride will be the 31st annual event. In addition, the Trail of Tears Ride is on LightningCustoms.com’s Major Motorcycle Rallies List.
Every year, the bike ride is held to commemorate the suffering and death of the American Indians in the 1830s. And here’s a brief history of the Trail of Tears.
First, in 1830, there was the passage of the Indian Removal Act. Specifically, one of the requirements of the Act was that the American Indians voluntarily leave their lands.
Then, after the deadline in 1838, the forcible removal of the remaining American Indians began. Some removed nations were the Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Ponca, and Ho-Chunk / Winnebago Indian tribes.
Also, 16,000 Cherokee Indians were part of the tribes in the removal. Disease, exposure, and starvation were common problems because the conditions were so bad. Eventually, approximately 4,000 of the Indian’s lives were tragically lost.
Next, the Trail of Tears is part of the path the Cherokee Indians took during their removal. The Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride extends part of this approximate path.
Moreover, the motorcycle ride does not have any registration fees.