By Kevin McKinley
Guest Writer 

German and The Canoe Highlands colony


July 9, 2020

Courtesy Photo

Grave of Fred German at Canaan Freewill Cemetery at Canoe, Alabama. The cemetery seeks donations for upkeep of the grounds.

Canaan Freewill Cemetery, located on the western extremes of Canoe, contains the gravestones of many early Canoe residents. Contained in the cemetery are the stories of young men who died fighting our nation's wars, mothers who died in childbirth and many others who simply passed due to old age and the passage of time. Yet in one area of the cemetery, the headstone of Fred German modestly states his time on Earth but the story of the visionary, settler and farmer who moved to a now forgotten colony is a deeper story than a granite marker can tell.

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