Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Headstone of Rev. Monday Durant

Headstone of Rev. Monday Durant (the elder)
Photo by Sue Tolbert, Muskogee Oklahoma

Special thanks to Ben Young, and Dr. Willard Johnson both of whom pointed out that there were clearly two men of distinction from the same family line and with the same name.  I followed up on the father to the younger Durant and learned that Rev. Durant was the grandfather to the second Monday Durant.  The elder Rev. Monday Durant, born many years before Removal, was a leader in his own right, and was one of three prominent African Creeks of his era. Much is written about both Monday Durants who continued to serve the Creek Nation.

Rev. Monday Durant is buried in the Durant cemetery off 11th St. W in Muskogee Oklahoma. 

Thankfully, his stone is among a very small number of graves that are still visible in this cemetery.

Special thanks to Sue Tolbert, who is also responsible for the on going efforts to preserve Old Agency Cemetery, also located and documented the few graves in the Durant cemetery.  She also gave her permission to share this image on the blog.

1 comment:

Renate said...

I kept thinking and thinking, "Why does this Durant surname seem so familiar to me?" I just realized that it is the name of a family that used to attend my church. I wonder if there could be any connection? Hmm... I'll have to send an email!

Renate