source The May 13, 2017 meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (GA TOTA) will be held at 10:30 am at the Bartow County Library in Cartersville, Georgia. Our speaker will be longtime GA TOTA member and former educator Wanda Patterson. Wanda will do a presentation on John Rollin Ridge, grandson of Major Ridge and son of John Ridge. Rollin Ridge, considered to be the first Native American novelist, was born near present-day Rome GA on March 19, 1827. In 1839, at the age of 12, he witnessed his father’s execution in Oklahoma. He spent the last seventeen years of his life working as a newspaper editor and writer for the Sacramento Bee and the San Francisco Herald, among other publications. He died on October 5, 1867. Please join us and find out more about this fascinating man. Our meetings are free and open to the public. For further information about the May meeting, contact Tony Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.