Trail of Tears Mural

Trail of Tears Mural Request for Proposals (RFP)

The City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Arts Council seeks Request for Proposals (RFP) for a mural. The theme of the mural should address the journey of the Cherokee people along the Trail of Tears.


RFP issued: February 10, 2017
RFP deadline: March 20, 2017 (5 p.m. Central Standard Time)
Notification to Artist: March 24, 2017
Artist Contract Completion: April 28, 2017
Project Completion: Artist must complete mural during a four-week period from May 8 through October 2, 2017



Background and Project Summary:

The City of Fayetteville received an appropriation from the State of Arkansas in 1999 “for improvements to Trail of Tears sites in Washington County, Arkansas.” The forced relocation route of the Cherokee is called the Trail of Tears because of the journey’s devastating effects. In January of 1839, a detachment of Cherokee camped along a creek and up the hill from what is currently the intersection of Highway 16/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) and Stadium Drive. On the north side of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – a historical marker was placed in 1998 and in 2002 noted artist Pat Musick placed one of her 22 sculpture installations titled “Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears” in the same area.

In 2014, the City opened a section of multi-use path (trail) section south of and parallel to MLK. The trail is named the Tsa La Gi Trail in remembrance of the Cherokee journey. “Tsa La Gi” translates as “Cherokee” in the Cherokee language. A portion of the trail runs through a tunnel underneath the Arkansas Missouri Railroad rail line. City staff has 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 the state appropriation while also acting as an aesthetic educational tool for the public. Approximately 94,000 individuals use this section of trail annually according to a 2015 trail count.

Site Location Details and Description:

The east-facing exterior wing walls of railroad tunnel along the Tsa La Gi Trail. The tunnel is located on the trail, adjacent to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Stadium Drive and S. Royal Oaks Parkway. Total wall surface measures approximately 335 square feet.

Request for Proposals:

Resources / Questions?

Contact Dede Peters, Community Engagement Coordinator, by phone 479-575-8302 or by email.

Additional Information about the Trail of Tears:

Call for Artists - Trail of Tears Mural
Tsa La Gi Trail Tunnel - mural space model
Tsa La Gi Tunnel - east side wing wall
Tsa La Gi Trail Tunnel - angled view
Tsa La Gi Trail Tunnel - humanscale
Trail of Tears Mural Location - Google map