Search for Shreveport founding father’s grave


“This is an important sort of missing page of Shreveport history that if we could write it, it would fill in a big blank of our early years here,” said LSU- Shreveport professor Cheryl White P.H.d.

She’s on a mission to find a piece of Shreveport’s history.

“William Bennett was one of the earliest Shreveporters. We know that he was one of the founding members of the Shreve Town company which was the for-profit entity that divided up the land.”

His grave is nowhere to be found at the Oakland Cemetery, where his wife is buried and memorialized.

“She is considered the mother of both Shreveport and Bossier. Mary Bennett Cane donated the land to the city that is today, Oakland Cemetery in 1842,” said White P.H.d.

A map at the university’s archives marks the corner of Mary and Sprague St. behind Oakland Cemetery, as the William and Mary Cemetery.

“We have very good reason to believe that he is buried on this lot perhaps with one of their children,” said White P.H.d.

They’re using ground penetrating radar and other technology to find possible graves. They have set up a go fund me to help solve the mystery.

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