- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A memorial marker honoring a prohibitionist preacher shot to death in 1886 has a permanent home at a Sioux City museum, and a congregation is busy raising money for a new one.

The marker for George Haddock is currently on display at the Sioux City Public Museum. The piece was excavated during construction of the new Hard Rock casino in the downtown area, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1s1vGCl ).

The circular, metal artifact was set in 1936 and includes the date Haddock died.

“It fits in well with everything else on exhibit,” said museum director Steve Hansen. “It’s a great opportunity for the museum to display an iconic part of Sioux City history.”

Cornerstone World Outreach, a Sioux City church, has raised $20,000 to help pay for a new memorial marker. The proposed black granite obelisk would be about 6 feet tall, though it has not been constructed and it’s unclear where it would be placed.

The Rev. Cary Gordon, the executive pastor, said he wants the monument to be placed near an outdoor event lawn at the new casino. Hard Rock officials could not be reached for comment, the newspaper reported.

Haddock was a minister at First Methodist Episcopal Church who collected evidence of Sioux City saloons selling alcohol despite the ban on its sale. He presented the evidence to the courts.

On Aug. 3, 1886, Haddock was confronted by a group of men and killed by a gunshot. A suspect in the case was later declared not guilty.

Tom Munson, archival clerk at the Sioux City Public Museum, called it a “really wild era” for Sioux City. But he said Haddock helped clean up the city for a while, and it did grow up after his death.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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