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Media Release - March 12, 2024 - Secord Monument Engagement

Secord Monument Public Engagement Process Begins

KINCARDINE, ON – Over a century ago, in the years following his death, the patients and friends of Dr. Solomon Secord chose to put up two monuments in his honour.

There have been concerns raised with regards to one of these monuments due to the reference to Secord’s service to the Southern Army (also known as the Confederate Army) during the American Civil War. This war centered on slavery, a practice which systematically oppressed and dehumanized Black people.

Monument 1, which still stands today in the Kincardine Cemetery, does not reference the American Civil War. To date, there’s been no raising of concerns about monument 1.

In the spring of 2023, removal of monument 2 from its location in front of the Kincardine Branch of the Bruce County Library was necessary due to the Queen Street reconstruction project. With the new layout of the downtown, monument 2 can no longer return to its previous location. For this reason, and the raising of further concerns due to the American Civil War reference, the Municipality of Kincardine’s Council is engaging the public to assist in its decision-making regarding the future options for monument 2.

The first phase of public engagement begins with a public survey, available online at with paper copies available at the Municipal Administration Centre.

Future engagement activities include interviews and community conversations. The receiving of input from these elements will inform the identification and development of future phases. To keep up to date on the engagement process and to review the background document, visit

This engagement process is larger than just a discussion about the monument itself. Central to this process is the fostering of an environment of inclusion, creating opportunities for safe and respectful conversations about the community we all belong to.

“It is a discussion that fundamentally encompasses equity and diversity and, most significantly, that of inclusion within our Municipality,” said Deputy Mayor Andrea Clarke.

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Media Inquiries:
Jillene Bellchamber-Glazier, Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Kincardine

Andrea Clarke, Deputy Mayor
Municipality of Kincardine

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The Municipality of Kincardine
1475 Concession 5, R.R.
#5, Kincardine, ON N2Z 2X6
Phone: 519-396-3468
F.: 519-396-8288

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