Howcott Monument

This monument was created for slaves that went off to the Civil War with the Harvey Scouts from Madison. These slaves fought on the side of the Confederacy alongside their slave masters. They also served as servants on the battlefield. One loyal slave was individually recognized for his valor. The inscription on the monument reads, “A tribute to my faithful servant and friend, Willis Howcott, a colored boy of rare loyalty and faithfulness, whose memory I cherish with deep gratitude.”The monument is located at the 300 block of East Academy Street in Canton.

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