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July 24, 2013

Marking history

Sixth Trail of Death caravan to begin this fall

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The number of people involved in the caravan vary from day to day and state to state, Willard said.

“People can go with us as long as they want,” Willard said. “They can go a day, an hour or the entire trip.”

Anyone is welcome to join, but Willard asks that people register. A printable registration form is available online at http://www.potawatomi-tda.org/carav13/carav13.htm.

Caravan participants will stop for lunch in Logansport Sept. 23 at the Cass County Historical Society Museum.

Willard called Thelma Conrad, director of the Cass County Historical Society months ago to schedule the stop, Conrad said.

“The caravan is her baby,” Conrad said. “Fulton County, because of Shirley, is very into native American history. We’re just a stop along the way.”

While planning the caravan, Willard said they were aware the Potawatomi had been marched at gunpoint down Rochester’s Main Street and thought something could be done to commemorate it.

“It’s kind of wiped out of history and we can’t really know how that feels,” Willard said.

The Potawatomi Trail of Death Association is a branch of Fulton County Historical Society and is connected with the Trail of Courage, Willard said.

Registration for the caravan will be at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Fulton County Museum and then will begin at Chief Menominee’s monument at Plymouth and continue to Kansas.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com.

If you go WHAT: Sixth Trail of Death caravan WHERE: Registration for the caravan will be at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Fulton County Museum WHEN: Sept. 23 to Sept. 29 INFO: Visit http://www.potawatomi-tda.org/carav13/carav13.htm to find more information about the schedule, stops along the way and more.

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