Constantine – Civil War cannon may be moved

Constantine municipal officials are looking into moving its Civil War cannon at South Washington Street Park to the township cemetery.

Village resident and local historian Rebecca Shank last month asked the council if it would consider relocating the cannon to a place of honor. A cemetery, she said, would be more appropriate than a community park.

Shank said the cannon is subject to abuse, disrespect and is surrounded by playground equipment. The cannon has been repainted a number of times due to vandalism.

The cemetery features an American flag, veterans’ crosses and is home to a Memorial Day ceremony annually.

The cannon dates to the 1860s and was placed in the park location in 1897, Shank said.

Village council members are taking the request under advisement.

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