ALLL Exploring the Trail of Tears


On Monday, Nov. 4, the Academy of Lifelong Learning will hear a presentation by Debbie Moore, President of the Tennessee Trail of Tears Association. She will present “Exploring the Trail of Tears.” The Academy, part of the Sewanee Seminars Series, meets from noon to 1 p.m., in Lower Cravens Hall, 439 Kentucky Ave.,  Sewanee.

Moore will be presenting a general overview of the Trail of Tears.  Moore will describe events leading up to and the processes used to remove nearly 17,000 Cherokee from their homelands in the eastern United States to Indian Territory in the west. Moore is serving her second term as president of the Tennessee Trail of Tears Association.  The Association strives to preserve and protect the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Membership is open to all who are interested in the history of the Trail of Tears.

Debbie Moore is a native of Bradley County, Tennessee.  She is a retired educator and avid historian.  She has written numerous family and local history books. Moore’s book Confederate Voices won a national award from the Daughters of the Confederacy in 2014.  She and her late husband, Ron Moore, appeared on a weekly radio history talk show for more than 8 years.  They also produced six local award winning history documentaries. 

There is ample parking in the parking lot adjacent to Cravens.  Sewanee parking regulations require that the vehicle’s rear bumper be visible from the parking lot aisles, so attendees are advised to avoid backing into a space or pulling through.

The cost for a single session is $3 and an annual membership is available for $20. Coffee, water and cookies are available, and attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch. For all questions contact John Hille at (814) 599-5768.