Quincy in Adams County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In Memory of the Potawatomi Indian "Trail of Death"
Indiana to Kansas, September 4 - November 4, 1838
From October 8-10, 1838, more than 800 Potawatomi Indians were encamped here in Quincy, Illinois and directly across the Mississippi River in Missouri. They were being forced to march from Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana to Eastern Kansas by the United States government and Indiana officials, a result of the policy of forced removal of all Indiana to lands west of the Mississippi River, to provide more land for European settlers moving from the east.
Many of the Indians attended Mass here at St. Boniface Church, including a young girl, Equa-Ke-Sec (Wa-Sech-Ki-Mo-Kwe). She was one of the few children to survive the treacherous journey that took more than 40 lives. At the end of the trail at St. Mary's Mission on Sugar Creek in Linn County, Kansas, Equa-Ke-Sec was taught to pray and sew by an elderly religious sister, Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne, a member of the French Order of the Madames of the Sacred Heart. The Indians called this holy lady, "She who prays always." In 1988 Rose Philippine became the first woman west of the Mississippi River to be canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II in Rome.
In honor of the courage and faith shown by the Potawatomi Indians on the forced march, and especially by our beloved grandmother, Theresa, we so dedicate this memorial.
Erected 1995 by Descendants of Theresa and James Slavin.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Native Americans • Women. In addition, it is included in the Potawatomi Trail of Death series list.
Location. 39° 55.921′ N, 91° 24.309′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Illinois, in Adams County. Marker is on Maine Street west of 7th Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in front of St. Boniface Catholic Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 641 Maine St, Quincy IL 62301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Boniface Catholic Church (a few steps from this marker); Augustine Tolton (a few steps from this marker); World Trade Center Artifact (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Browning House (about 400 feet away); Original Site of St. Peter Church (about 500 feet away); St. John's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); Original Site of Quincy College (about 600 feet away); The J. H. Brockschmidt Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quincy.
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