In 1847, less than 16 years after the Trail of Tears, the all but penniless Choctaw Nation donated $170 – nearly $5,000 today – to complete strangers starving in the Irish Potato Famine. 168 years later, the Irish have not forgotten.
During the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s, more than a million people perished in Ireland when a blight decimated potato crops that served as the primary food source for almost half the population, but primarily the rural poor.
Scheduled to be unveiled in May in Bailic Park in Middleton, a small town of 12,000 not far from Ireland’s southern coast in County Cork, a plaque in the middle of the structure will detail how in 1847, the impoverished Choctaw Nation was able to scrape together $170 to send to Ireland to help feed starving people. The sum would be close to $5,000 in today’s money.
But it’s not the size of the long-ago gift that resonates with Irish nationals today, but the sacrifice required to make it.
You can read more in an article by Adam Kemp in the NewsOK web site at http://newsok.com/article/5403735.