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The Potawatomi Trail of Death Memorial Caravan is expected to pass through Palmyra Thursday, Sept. 21, between 9 and 11 a.m.
Its first stop will be north of Palmyra to visit the historic marker at Pleasant Spring where the Potawatomi encamped in 1838.
The Heritage Seekers, Palmyra’s historical society, plans to meet the caravan at Pleasant Spring. The caravan will next visit Palmyra’s Big Spring Park.
The public is invited to meet the caravan and visit its members.
The volunteer caravan will be made up Potawatomi, historians and interested persons who are tracing the 1838 Potawatomi Trail of Death Sept. 18-23.
The 660-mile trip is a memorial to the 840 plus Potawatomi who were forcibly removed from Indiana and sent to Kansas.
It is recorded that 41 people died, mostly children and the elderly.
The caravan will begin at the Menominee Statue, in Twin Lakes, Ind., at 9 a.m., Sept. 18 and end at Sugar Creek in rural Linn County, Kan., south of Mound City Sept. 23.
The area is now the St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park where a mission was established for the Potawatomi.
People along the Trail of Death route can meet the caravan as it stops.
Travel will be from the Menominee Statue to Lafayette, Ind., Sept. 18; Lafayette to Decatur, Ill., Sept. 19; Decatur to Quincy, Ill., Sept. 20; Quincy to Moberly, Mo., Sept. 21; Moberly to Independence, Mo., Sept. 22; Independence to Osawatomie, Kan., Sept. 23, and on to Sugar Creek.
After Independence, the caravan will stop in Heritage Park, Olathe, Kan., at 9 a.m., Sept. 23. The stop will be for a special program and breakfast hosted by the Johnson County Park District. The public is invited.
The caravan welcomes drop-in followers who wish to travel along for a day or two.
For more information or where to find the caravan on a given day, call George Godfrey, 217-502-9340.