The first monument in Monument Park was a statue of cereal magnet C.W. Post, back in 1917. Since then, two eye-catching monuments have been added.
SOJOURNER TRUTH MONUMENT
Sojourner Truth escaped slavery, took on the system to rescue her family and helped African Americans transition into a post-Civil War world. She moved to Battle Creek in 1857 and we have honored her memory with a monument, built right where most people enter the city’s downtown. The sculpture is 12 feet high and behind her are quotes. Truth is depicted at a lectern because she used her gift for public speaking to fight for abolition and suffrage.
Robert Ripley of Ripley’s Believe It or Not gave a shout-out to Battle Creek’s iconic stone tower, which he called the “Rock of Ages,” according to the Regional History Museum of Battle Creek. The tower greets visitors when they arrive in downtown Battle Creek from I-194.
The tower was built by historian James Brown in the 1930s. It’s an odd mish-mash of stones and artifacts. If you stop by, see if you can find: a helmet, an anvil, a letter box, a stalactite, a plate from a printing press and a plaque made from the wreckage of the USS MAINE.