Does the University of Iowa Have Black Hawk's Remains?


Thursday, October 11, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Meeting Room A
Presenter Name: 
Russell Fry

The Board of Trustees of the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) met on January 19, 1853. As a member of the Board, Robert Lucas, the former governor of the Iowa Territory, was in attendance. He offered to give Black Hawk's bones to the University. They accepted. Did the University of Iowa ever receive the remains? Do they have them now? Are they long forgotten in a box in some dark basement corner? Learn the disgraceful story of Black Hawk's remains from his 1838 death in Davis County, IA to their final resting place.

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Group Name: 
Des Moines County Historical Society
Primary Contact Name: 
Russell Fry
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