Sunday, September 17, 2006

No Room at the Inn for Grudges

Mark Finchum has devoted a good part of his adult life to sharing the history of the Cherokee people—including the Indian Removal Act of 1830 signed into law by President Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears that resulted. Twenty years ago, Finchum stopped for the night at the Hale Springs Motor Inn in downtown Rogersville, Tennessee.

"The only room I have available is the Andrew Jackson room and you might not want that," Finchum, who has Cherokee ancestry, quoted the innkeeper as saying.

"I said, ‘As far as I'm concerned, he's dead, we're here and I'll take it,'" Finchum said. "A lot has happened, but the Cherokee survived it." [Link]

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