Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Also known as 'Cherokee Black', 'Cherokee Trail of Tears' beans were first made available in 1977 by dentist and avid gardener John Wyche, of Hugo, Oklahoma. It was John’s Cherokee ancestors who carried the beans to Oklahoma, over the infamous "Trail of Tears" in the winter of 1838/39. These are shiny jet-black beans that can be harvested fresh or dried. Bean pods are 6-8 inch green-purple when mature, however, they can be picked when green as a snap bean. Plants are vigorous and can reach heights of 6-8 feet.