“The Passage is not a token nod to the past,” said Mayor Littlefield.
“It is a massive tribute – in the very cradle of our city — to the culture, the art and the accomplishments of the original citizens of Chattanooga.
The Passage is a pedestrian link between downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River and marks the beginning of the Trail of Tears. Today The Passage is one of the iconic cultural attractions in Chattanooga.
Kids and adults alike love to meander through the water as it moves from pool to pool and spills it’s way to the river.
The Trail of Tears refers to the journey which forced the removal of the Cherokee tribes from Ross’ s Landing in Chattanooga to Oklahoma.
Chief John Ross valiantly resisted the forced removal of Cherokees to Oklahoma but once he realized resistance was futile, he provided leadership during the brutal migration that is credited with saving many Cherokee lives. Some 16,000 Cherokees were living in the East in 1830. Once the forced evacuation was launched in 1838, some 4,000 Cherokees died in stockades or on the trail. Among the casualties was Ross’s wife.
The Passage today is a permanent outdoor exhibit, with symbolism of the seven clans of the Cherokee Nation. There is a ‘weeping wall’ representing the tears shed as the Cherokee were driven from their homes and removed on the Trail of Tears.
When looking for The Passage, come to the Aquarium and look for the water!
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