John Marshall, the Supreme Court and the Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears

May 15, 2019

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Preservation Virginia is partnering with the University of Oklahoma Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy to host, “John Marshall, the Supreme Court and the Trail of Tears,” May 15, 2019 at the Library of Virginia. The symposium will feature a panel discussion about the impacts and legacy of the Marshall Trilogy cases.

What are the Marshall Trilogy cases?

The Marshall Trilogy is a set of three Supreme Court decisions that affirmed the legal and political standing of Indian nations in the United States. The cases resulted in what is known as the Trail of Tears, a series of forced relocations of Native American tribes from their homelands in the Southeastern United States to Oklahoma.

Keynote Speaker and Panelists

Lindsay G. Robertson, faculty director of the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy, will be the keynote speaker. In addition, Robertson is the Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair in Native American Law and a Sam K. Viersen Family Foundation Presidential Professor. He also serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Cherokee and Arapaho Tribes.

The panel moderator will be Dr. Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond.

Panelists include:

  • Jack Baker, Cherokee Tribal Council representative and president of the National Trail of Tears Association
  • Chief Emeritus Kenneth Adams, Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe
  • Kevin C. Butterfield, Ph.D., executive director of the Washington Library at Mount Vernon

A reception, open to the public, with light hors d’oeuvres will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. The main event is from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Preservation Virginia is the owner and operator of the John Marshall House, a community partner of American Evolution. Guests can visit the historic home Friday-Sunday to learn more about the legacy of Marshall’s Supreme Court rulings.

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