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Contemporary Sculpture Comes to the Old Indian Cemetery

The Old Indian Cemetery, located in downtown Muskegon on Morris Avenue, has a history entwined with 18th century Michigan Indian history, 19th century Muskegon lumbering history, and Muskegon’s 20th century industrial history. It is believed that the Old Indian Cemetery was already established when the first settlers came to this area, according to the State Historic Register. The site was used by the Ottawa Indian Tribe as early as 1750 and is known to have continued to be an active burial ground throughout the first half of the 19th century by both Indians and settlers. Its fascinating history includes Martin L. Ryerson, one of Muskegon’s most successful lumber barons of the 19th century.

The intersection of Muskegon’s first peoples with its lumbering past and its early industrial days makes The Old Indian Cemetery something to treasure and honor. Read “Honoring Heritage, Preserving History” here.

The Community Foundation, the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Downtown Arts Committee and the City of Muskegon are collaborating on the commission of a 16-foot monumental black granite sculpture, entitle “All My Relations,” by Michigan Anishinaabe artist, Jason Quigno. Supported by generous donors and a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the sculpture will be completed and installed in the Old Indian Cemetery in August 2018.

Jason Quigno has been carving stone since the age of 14. He believes it is his purpose in life to tell the stories of his Anishinaabek people in stone. He has been commissioned for several works of art through Michigan; is represented in multiple museum collections; shows regularly in museum and gallery exhibitions, and has been the recipient of various honors and awards. Learn more about Jason here.