Events mark 100th anniversary of Keokuk monument

Chief Keokuk Statue Re-Dedication and Centennial Celebration is being held October 12, 2013 in Keokuk's Rand Park.

A celebration will mark the 100th anniversary of the Chief Keokuk monument in the southeast Iowa city that bears the American Indian leader's name.

The Daily Gate City newspaper reports events are planned throughout the day Saturday in Keokuk's Rand Park, where the monument is located.

Events will include a blessing of the monument and a discussion led by Tanya Jones, a descendent of Keokuk.

Kirk Brandenberger, executive director of the Keokuk Area Convention and Tourism Bureau, says more than two dozen Keokuk descendants will attend the ceremony.

Although it's named after Keokuk, the statue atop the monument is based on Plains Indians, and not the Sac and Fox Indians who lived in southeast Iowa.

Keokuk was born near the present site of Rock Island, Ill., in the 1780s.