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Residents set up their eclipse-viewing party outside of a motorcycle store. This sign, with its embedded stereotypical image of a Cherokee man in a headdress, caught my eye. Today the federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, whose land trust partially lies within Cherokee County, are the descendants of about 800 Cherokee who remained on their lands, while another 15,000 Cherokee were forced to walk 800 miles east to Oklahoma per Andrew Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act. More than 4,000 died of exhaustion, disease, cold, and hunger along the Trail of Tears.

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