Fayetteville seeks artists for Trail of Tears mural

Via Fayetteville Flyer

FAYETTEVILLE—Fayetteville will soon have more public art on the city’s trail system.

City officials are seeking artists to submit proposals for a new mural along Tsa La Gi Trail that depicts the journey of the Cherokee people along the Trail of Tears.

The multi-use trail was opened in 2014, and runs parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It is named in remembrance of the forced relocation route where a group of Cherokee in 1839 formed a detachment camp near what is currently the intersection of MLK and Stadium Drive.

A portion of the trail runs through a tunnel underneath the Arkansas Missouri Railroad rail line. City staff have identified the exterior wing walls on the east side of the tunnel as an ideal place for a mural that will fulfill the requirements of a state appropriation the city received for improvements to Trail of Tears sites in Washington County.

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