The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 22, 2013

Remembering those removed

By Lora Scripps

ATHENS — Thousands of motorcyclists made their way along U.S. 72 in Athens Saturday morning for the 20th annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride. Bikers ride from Chattanooga to Oklahoma each year to remember the Native Americans who were forced from their lands in the 1830s and moved to what is now eastern Oklahoma along what became known as the Trail of Tears. Tens of thousands of Native Americans died along the route.