Four thousand died
more than a hundred years ago.
Forced to leave their homes
and their land.
Rich soil, fertile land
It was home to the three sisters.
Corn, beans, and squash
The land their people had lived on
for over three thousand years.
Home of the river cane.
The land they cared for and that fed them.
The land they loved.
Sixteen thousand men, women, and children left on foot.
They forced them west eight hundred miles
from Georgia through Tennesse
all the way to Oklahoma.
A trail of tears marks the road they traveled.
Four thousand died more than a hundred years ago.