Kindred Spirits Monument
The sculpture commemorates the generosity of the native North American Choctaw Indian Nation during the Great Hunger in Ireland of 1845 - 1851. Moved by news of starvation in 1847, a group of Choctaws in Oklahoma organized a relief fund from their own meager resources, raising $170 to forward on to the US famine relief organization. That would be tens of thousands of dollars in today's money. It was a show of solidarity with the Irish people, having suffered a similar fate themselves just 16 years before after they were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands.
The Choctaw were a tribe of Native American Indians who originated from modern Mexico and the American Southwest to settle in the Mississippi River Valley for about 1800 years. After the formation of the Mississippi Territory in 1798 and the election in 1800 of Thomas Jefferson to the U. S. presidency, the federal government had an increasing hunger for Choctaw land. In what became known as the Trail of Tears, thousands of people walked more than 1,000 miles, having been forced to leave without gathering their possessions. Four thousand people died of hunger, cold and disease.
Stainless steel sculpture of a circle of several six meter eagle feathers.