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Trail of Tears sign missing from road in northwest Forsyth

NORTHWEST FORSYTH — One of the four signs on Old Federal Road in north Forsyth marking the Trail of Tears path from the 1830s has gone missing.

A report was filed Friday with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, according to Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the agency.

The woman who filed the report told the agency she helped get the signs installed and believes it has been stolen.

According to a social media post about the incident, the signs signify the original trail Cherokee Indians were forced to travel when removed from their land in 1838 and marched to a holding fort in Chattanooga, Tenn.

One of the Cherokee removal forts, Fort Campbell, formerly known as Scudder’s Crossroads, was built along Old Federal Road, according to the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.

“The Historical Society of Forsyth County has been [for] at least 10 or more years documenting our history of the Forced Cherokee Removal. We have partnered with the Georgia Chapter of Trail of Tears, the National Association of the Trail of Tears, the Forsyth County government and the National Parks Services to get the removal route marked in this county,” the post said. “Those signs represent hours and hours of research and work.”

The case will be assigned to a detective as an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (770) 781-3087.