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Near Ray in Steuben County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Unknown Potawatomi

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By TeamOHE, December 26, 2019
1. The Unknown Potawatomi Marker
The Potawatomis' met the Scottish Covenanters on these lands in the middle 1830's. The northeast Indiana Covenanters and Potawatomis were extremely good friends. The Covenanter religion did not acknowledge the U.S. Constituton at the time due to the issue of abolition. The Northeast Indiana Covenanters felt all men were created equal. Billy Beaks, who lies in this cemetery, was a black member of their church and was fondly thought of by everyone in the settlement. Billy Beaks is buried Southeast of this marker. We dedicate here today the re-burial of the Unknown Potawatomi on a site overlooking the valley between this cemetery and the John Duguid homestead where once stood a log cabin.

The burial today is symbolic of the fact that no tomb or final resting place should ever be violated. The eulogy of the unknown Potawatomi was given by Chief N'swe Mak Ek, a Potawatomi Chief and Shup She Wana, a Potawatomi medicine man, sanctified this burial. Lee Duguid was present as elder statesmen to represent the Covenanter Church and Lynn Munger, acting as Master of Ceremony, was present for the occasion, The Girl and Boy

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By TeamOHE, December 26, 2019
2. The Unknown Potawatomi Marker
Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts, among other guests were present to teach the valuable lesson that all people should be permitted to rest in peace, their spirit permitted to roam this land as they once did in previous generations.
Erected 1989.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 41° 45.103′ N, 84° 51.737′ W. Marker is near Ray, Indiana, in Steuben County. Marker is on West Cora Lane (Local Road N700E) near Local Road E750N, on the right when traveling south. The marker is on the grounds of the Covenanter Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 750 W Cora Ln, Fremont IN 46737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indiana's Northern Boundary Line (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Vistula Road (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fremont Indiana (approx. 3.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial Flag Pole (approx. 4 miles away); Where Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio Meet (approx. 4.8 miles away in Michigan); The Nettle Lake Mound Group (approx.
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8.1 miles away in Ohio); Powers Church (approx. 8.2 miles away); Powers Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 26, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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