Powerful Film ‘The Justice Trail’ Documents 1828 Forced Potawatomi Removal

May 6, 2024

New Movie Walks Viewers Through the ‘Trail of Death,’ Draws Parallels to Modern Struggles for Biblical Justice

PLYMOUTH, Ind. – The much-anticipated feature-length film, “The Justice Trail,” is set to premiere on September 4th, 2024, marking the 186th anniversary of the Potawatomi Trail of Death. The film follows national prayer leader Geoff Eckart as he retraces the Trail of Death from Indiana to Kansas, shedding light on the barbaric forced removal of 859 members of the Potawatomi nation from Indiana to Kansas.
In anticipation of the film’s release, Geoff Eckart will lead “The Justice Walk,” on May 18th, inviting participants to walk a portion of the Trail of Death, starting from its origin near Plymouth, IN. Attendees are encouraged to walk in support of groups or people who have experienced injustice, and participants will also have an exclusive sneak preview of the film, gaining insights into Eckart’s personal journey and the broader themes of justice it explores.

Eckhart, CEO and founder of the national youth ministry Never the Same, Lead Pastor at Daybreak Church in Grand Rapids, MI, and Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, first walked the Trail of Death in 2020. The film traces Eckart’s journey down the trail, detailing the historical atrocities which led to the death of 40 Potawatomi, mostly women and children, and includes interviews with historians and thought leaders.
The film captures Eckart’s experiences against the backdrop of significant contemporary events, including the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and debates surrounding national monuments.
“The Justice Trail” is guided by the principle of Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” The film challenges viewers to embrace their role in promoting justice and prompts discussions about historical injustices, biblical justice and individual missions for justice.
As the nation grapples with issues of civil rights and historical reckoning, The Justice Trail provides a roadmap for understanding justice, both personally and nationally.
The Justice Trail aims to reach diverse audiences, including university campuses, churches and public forums. The film will be accompanied by guided discussions to foster engagement and encourage viewers to respond actively to the call for justice. A supplemental curriculum series and a companion book will provide viewers with a deeper understanding of justice and guide them in discovering their own justice mission.
The trailer is available here.


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