As you go into Indian Mounds Park at the front of the road, there is a statue of a Native American girl. Was there a contest to name the girl?
The statue of the young Native American girl holding the Adams Traditional Pot, which is an artifact found north of Quincy, was sculpted by artist Dr. Randall McClelland.
Installed in 2003, the statue is named Annahmossah (or "An-nah-mos-sah," as it says on the plaque), meaning white fawn. It honors a heroic mother who swam the Mississippi River with her infant tied to her back to escape a massacre in which nearly 200 Sauk men, women and children were killed by 1,600 American soldiers.
McClelland dedicated the statue to the children of Quincy.
According to a July 6, 2003, article in The Herald-Whig, more than 6,000 Quincy elementary students voted on the three proposed names from Sauk and Fox tribes in the area.
The other two names were Asshewequa, the name of the wife of Chief Black Hawk, which means "singing bird," and Nawwawkeke, the name of a daughter of Chief Keokuk, which means "I see them."
The statue was installed along with the new $1.9 million Indian Mounds Pool at Fifth and Harrison, which was dedicated in 2003.
The project included adding a series of interpretive signs and historical displays to provide information about the site's Native American connections. The walking timeline along the north end of Indian Mounds Park features eight displays, created with the assistance of the Illinois State Museum and the Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown.
A $15,500 Illinois Humanities Council grant provided to the Quincy Park District and the Illinois Humanities Council helped interpret the history and culture of Native Americans who lived in the area.
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