Fayetteville seeks artists for Trail of Tears mural
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.